I stumbled on this form from one of the others that I frequent, due to the vast knowledge available. Due to my crazy work schedule, I have not had a chance to make it to any fireplace dealers, and my largest project this year is to purchase an insert for the existing open hearth fireplace. I really like the idea of being able to watch the fire burn, but I also grew up on a woodstove, not a fireplace. I was reading about hearth stoves, and the idea really interests me. I doubt I have the depth to put a hearth stove in, so I'm thinking if I can find an insert that protrudes some with a cook top and glass front I would be very happy. A friend strongly suggested the Quadra 5001i, as that is what his dad and him have. I grew up on a cast iron, and my father recently upgraded to the Mansfield soapstone. He commented a lot on the soapstone absorbing the heat and it then releasing it over time. Below are my dimensions. I was hoping some seasoned individuals on here may be able to get me some models to start looking at in terms of options since this is all new to me. I'm heating an 1800 sq ft old farm house with the hearth in the middle of the house in the basement. I've also attached two photos for reference. Hopefully that covers all the basics. Front opening: 33" wide by 28" tall Rear opening" 27.5" wide by 28" tall Depth: 23.5" deep for 14" from base then sloping in to 18" depth Damper: 28" x 4" at very top (this is very old and is basically a plate that pivots erratically) Hearth: protrudes 19" out past the hearth Oh... I also read all the, whichever fits and whatever you like responses for similar posts, so I am aware of those answers.