Anyone ever visit this site? www.thechimneysweeponline I read the library section and noticed a section about cat vs noncat stoves. www.thechimneysweeponline/hocats.htm I sent Tom a letter since he said he has received few good ones about cat stoves. He replyed with a bunch of BTU and efficiency numbers to prove me wrong. As far as I can see wood stove numbers are only numbers and in alot of cases exaggerated to make a better sale. I believe in real world experience. Yes, the Fireview is a larger stove than the Homestead, but if you put the same amount of wood in each you can get a fair estimate on how they compare. My humble opinion is that the cat stove out performs the noncat. Longer burn, more heat, clean glass, less wood usage.