Hi folks! I've learned so much from this forum and went back and forth thinking about posting asking for advice...didn't want too sound too much like a newbie asking all the same questions. But I'm starting from square one and could really use some input. My goal is to primarily heat my ~2000 sq ft 1.5 story ranch built in the 1950's in northern NJ. The house has masonry walls on the first floor and it appears that the previous owners attempted to insulate some spots. It's not the most open floor plan but I think that it will work. The half the upstairs is directly above the stove room. The other half of upstairs might be cooler. I just don't know what the correct sizing of the stove should be. And what stove to get. I like the idea of soapstone (this wood stove is because I can't afford a masonry heater). We really want a low maintenance stove that burns for a long time (we both work full time) and is easy on the eyes. Any thoughts if one "large" woodstove is enough or if two smaller ones would be better (and where to put the second)?