I have this area about 3 feet wide right next to my hearth. On the other side of that wall is the outside of course, and it's the backside of my house right next to my chase chimney. My father has something like what I am looking to do in his garage. He lifts this lid up on this wide box and loads the wood into it. Then from the inside of their home next to their fireplace is a bench. You lift that lid and there is the firewood. This may be common to you vets here but this was new to me and I'm rather ashamed I didn't think of this sooner being as smart and humble as I am. So anyways, I like this idea and want to do this in my home to make it easy and since I have a long wide walkway on the back of mt house I can store about a cord of wood right next to where this box would be. I need help with this pass thru though. I know how to make it look nice inside, but I want to make sure I do a few things right. 1) Prevent Insects - I know there will be some getting in with the wood, but that aside, how can I really keep them there and not allow them into my house? Some sort of a built in screen with the lids? I will of course caulk all the seams. 2) Insulation - To be honest I was going to use that canned foam on the inside and shave off the excess (like they do when they spray foam a house) as I think that will be easier and more durable that fiberglass and harder for critters to nest in. 3) On the exterior lid, should I shingle the top to match the roof? While about 75% of the exterior lid will be under the eave, I still want it to look professional. 4) Will this add too or take away from the value of my home? While I like the idea and really see it's value on me and the ease of use for my wife, I know not everyone will like the "hearty" lifestyle we use. However, it is a good little wood stove and I think this option would really make it look like a user friendly "system" for a would be home buyer. What do you guys think? Finally if anyone has done something like this, pics would really be great to help me see my vision. I have some left over stone from my hearth that I was going to use to side the outside box so it will all match which I think is a good idea. Thanks in advance for your guys feedback and have a great day!