Hello all, I stumbled across these forum while trying to find out some pellet stove info. To make a long story short....my mom is up there in age & on social security. Oil heat prices is killing her. ( As it is everyone) Her NEW budget is $475 a month! Anyway...I heard about the pellet stoves & was thing about getting one. Obviously, $ is a factor so I saw a summer heat at Lowes for $1299.00 or a Englander at Home Depot for $1700. I would prefer the cheaper one if it is decent. I don't know much at all about pellet stove except for the little I have been reading. Also, I heard it would be ok to put in the basement & let the heat rise through the basement door to heat the first floor. (I could also cut a vent in the floor if needed) The basement is used for doing wash & taking showers & has a bathroom. The first floor is 42' x 32' & is divided into an open kitchen (20' x 11'), living room (21' x 24'), small hall. (11' x 5' / the basement door comes up here) The rooms that have doors are a bathroom (9' x 6') & 2 small bedrooms (17' x 13' & 12' x 9'). The basement is divided with a cinder block wall so it is half the normal size. The size is 29' x 24' There is one very small room on the 2nd floor which I use for my PC & entertainment room etc. ( 13' x 14') Will placing the stove in the basement be a wise choice? Any other input would also be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!