I'm a new homeowner and I could use some advice! We just moved into a quirky old Victorian. The fireplace, currently unlined and unusable, faces into a small parlor-type room that opens up to the stairs to the second floor. We have to choose whether to put a woodburning insert into the current mantle (and risk being blasted by heat in this 9 x 15 foot room) or put a freestanding woodstove out the back of the fireplace so that it would face into our much larger, more-often-used living area and open-plan kitchen. These two areas are separated by open arches, so there would be some airflow between them. We only have one flue to work with, because the furnace uses the other flue in the same chimney, so we can't do both. I hate the idea of having a pretty fireplace with nothing in it! But we also want to do what makes most sense in terms of heating the whole house. We're in Vermont and don't want to keep burning so much oil. Also wondering, if we go with freestanding, whether to get a Jotul (cheaper) or Hearthstone or Woodstock (love the idea of soapstone). Any thoughts welcome!