We've been looking for a new wood stove for a while. The choices were finally narrowed down to Jotul Oslo F500 or Woodstock Fireview. $1.900 sale price on Fireviews is very attractive. Jotuls are beautiful stoves, we saw one in a store and really liked it. Now we are having a hard time making a decision. I have some questions about the stoves and hope someone can help with answers. I have no prior experience with wood stoves. Fireview has no ash pan. Is it really important to have one? How do you clean the ashes from the stove and how often? Is Fireview easy to maintain? Jotuls get mixed reviews. Some love them, some hate them. Many reviews mentioned that Jotuls are picky about wood quality. I don't plan on burning fresh wood but most wood will be seasoned for 6-12 month. Should I be concerned about it? We have no fireplace and will need to install the chimney throught the attic. What Class A chimney brand would you recommend? I don't mind paying a little more for quality products. Any help with will be appreciated.