The OP has clearly stated he is not interested in 24+ hour, smoldering burns. Therefore, the BK most certainly is not the best choice for him. Why does it always come to "the PH is a big fat whiff"? Someone needs to drink more beer and less whiskey. The worst of both worlds comment is ridiculous. You will get 12+ hour burns with the PH whether you want low heat (half full) or tons of heat (fill her up). You most certianly cannot do that with any 3cf non-cat. Oh and you don't have to scrape the glass with a razor blade. Most people are not gone 24 hours a day, or they wouldn't have a home. I suspect many people don't mind putting wood in the stove twice a day, which the vast majority of Princess users have to do the vast majority of the winter. I also think the PE would be a good choice based on the OP's requirements.