I posted the below item on "The Hearth room". They recommended I post here for comments. Some of the comments from them were that vent free stoves were dangerous. What are the pros and cons of a vent free compared to a direct vent gas stove. It appears I would pay a little more for a vented one (mostly the cost of installing the vent). My original post follows------------------------------------------- any comments would be appreciated. I just put a 12 x 22 addition on my house. I call it an adirondack room, the walls , cathedral ceilings and floor are knotty pine. I always planned on putting a wood stove in it. But now i am being steered towards gas. The cons for the wood stove to me (as i see them) are: more costly (double wall chimneys aren’t cheap), seasoned wood by me is about $275 to 300 a cord. lots of work.. hauling in wood, cleaning up the mess, getting wood, ashes, starting the fire. I would need a bigger hearth. Being a lazy person, I see myself going the gas way. But that would take away from the Adirondack theme. The gas stove i am looking at is from monessen, I would choose the black color. http://www.monessenhearth.com/index.asp?rgn=USA&pag=product/ventfree/CSVF.asp Any help or ideas wood be appreciated.