I've always liked modern Scandinavian wood stoves but they cost a few grand and are not generally available in small-town USA. I like the Englander 17-VL, dirt cheap at $384 (after tax credit) and will probably go with that. Saw it in person at Home Depot. Not as slick as real European design but acceptable. I saw a Chilean stove at Lowe's that was interesting called Amesti. They have this model for $549 (don't know if it's eligible for tax credit). http://www.amesti.cl/_nordic_380.html This version looks better tho. http://www.amesti.cl/_scantek_380.html At first I thought it was a Bosca (also Chilean) but apparently not. I like the Bosca Limit 450. http://www.autorain.com/itemdisplay.php?sku=10110064 The 17-VL seems unique for a cheap stove in that the firebox is wide and tall for its depth and will give you a big view with a little fire, which seems to be the Euro trend.