Hello, I am new to this threads but not new to reading them, I have been on this site many times to read but haven't join until now. I have your classic masonry fireplace as seen on my profile photo, I burn it on weekend, not really for heat more for the ambiance of having a fire. Plus I have my TV and center speaker too close for let fire burn all the time. As many know burning an open fireplace, all the heat goes up the chimney, so not too efficiant. So I want to get a wood stove and use it next winter for heat. I have hot water base board (oil), and an electric heat pump that is hooked up to run at temps above 35ish degrees, below 35º the boiler kicks on. The HVAC return vent is in the room that has the fireplace, so heat from a stove should circulate around my 1800sqft house really well. I just bought an old oak beam that I am finishing to make a mantel to incorporate a new slimmer center speaker, and getting a slightly smaller TV so I don't look at the neat masonry and only see a large TV!! All in doing this moving everything up so mantel is out of the combustible area. Also going to mount a metal plate (mantel shield) under the mantel to keep heat off the wood beam. Enough about my house, lets talk stoves. I have an opportunity to get a used Harman Exception for $1000.00, I haven't gone to look over it yet but it appears in good shape, and seamed to heat the room well. I say that bc I saw it on craigslist, when I called the guy he wasn't ready to sell, one of those his wife wasn't ready to sell he listed it preliminary. He had an old Grizzly that I went to look at, I didn't really look at the Exception. Is 1000$ a good price? When I do go to look at it, what should I look for? I also looked at getting a new stove, specifically a Lopi, but for 2000$ more. Is it worth getting the new Lopi? Money is kinda tight right now, both stoves take a 6" pipe, and I could always sell the Harman and upgrade using the same pipe, once money is not as tight. Looking for opinions or suggestions?