A couple that we've become friends with in the neighborhood has a Jotul in their basement. The folks who had the house before them were in the process of finishing the basement into a family room area but had to sell before they finished it. They mentioned to me that they had the stove but didn't know how to use it, etc...so they let it sit. We went over there today and I took a look at it. The clearances all looked good (the rear wall is cultured stone on a concrete block wall-side clearances are 24"+, and the floor is concrete) and the stove pipe was in good condition. The stove pipe comes up straight out of the stove and takes a 90 degree turn into the wall. The chimney is masonry with a clay liner. I took the 90 off so that we could see into the chimney and it looks as though squirrels may have taken up residence inside the chimney at one time because there are sticks and leaves inside the flue. There is a cap on top of the chimney but it doesn't look like it's completely intact. I offered to clean it out once the snow melts off of the roof so that we can inspect the condition of the liner. As for the stove itself I'm in unfamilar territory-the nice enamel finished piece of art sitting in their basement is a far cry from my plate steel beast of a furnace. The stove looks kind of like this one: http://www.jotul.com/en-US/wwwjotulus/Main-menu/Products/Wood/Wood-stoves/Jotul-F-3-CB/ The main difference is that it has a control on the top left that actuates a door inside the stove that seems to function as a damper as it opens or closes the flue. I could take a picture of it if that helps, but I figured that there would be enough Jotul experts on here that would know what I was talking about. Any ideas?