Hi All. I'm new to this forum and wood burning overall, but I hear this is the place to be... Anyways, I've been researching alot before I make my purchase but just want one to reach out for any advice I should consider. I'm in Mass. and looking to add a wood insert as primary heat and hopefully avoid oil. I'm in a raised ranch, and the fireplace is in the middle of the house in an open layout room 600sq ft (kitchen, dining room, living room). I would like heat to reach the other rooms as well down the hallway (3 bedrooms, bathroom). I have ceiling fans now to help. Total square feet is 1800 sq ft on this level. A few questions: 1. Should I be looking at a medium or large insert ? i keep debating on size such as Lopi Freedom (large) or Lopi Revere (med), but nervous too large will burn me out of the room. 2. Considering I have 2 small kids under 3 yrs old, should I consider flush mounts, or just put a gate around the extended stoves? 3. What are safety features that I should consider? 4. Due to work, we're away from the house during the day for 9 hours, do i feed the stove in the morning and leave unattended all day? should I look for 10-12 hour burn time stoves? 5. So far after researching online and store visits, I like Lopi, Jotul, PE stoves. Are these are recommeded manufactures? Any recommended models for me? In advance, thank you for any advice. Just want to make sure i make the most educated decision possible and get what is best for us. All the dealers i've spoken to are great, but sometimes get the feel they just want to sell what they have. Anyways, I can't wait to get this stove and start burning. Its something that i've wanted for a long time, but finally had a few extra dollars to make the purchase. Just built this wood shed to season the 2 cords i already split. My wife thinks i have ocd.