Next year is the time for a new stove. I've got a small 1250 sq. ft. ranch that's about 22' x 50' with a stove room to the side on the west end. Most of the home is on slab. Stove room windows are aluminum and when it's cold, get iced up. They leak.......basically, they're crap and will be replaced ASAP. Insulation will be improved (I started tearing into the stove room a couple days ago) and new front and rear doors next year. The stove I have works, but needs to be reloaded WAYYYY too often for my liking to keep house temps up when it's real cold out (see above re: insulation). It's almost impossible to keep the stove under 650 even burning a small load. Depending how I measure this stove, it's a variety of sizes, so I'll just use the brick to brick dimensions. It's 23"W x 18" D (to the glass) x 10" (maybe 11), so just a bit over 2 cu. ft., and keeps the house warm unless it's below 0. It struggles a little even a bit above 0, but it works. What I need help with is determining the size to use when getting a modern stove that will hold a 500 temp for several hours (does that even happen). I'm considering a cat stove (the Sirocco is #1 on the list), but we like to view the fire, so not sure how that would be possible with a cat. A nice T-5 or 6 would work if it can be controlled in shoulder season. I wouldn't mind reloading every 8 hours, since that would cut my reloads at least in 1/2. Twelve hrs. would be better, and the ability to go for a day in shoulders would make my heart stop. The little wall between kitchen and LR is a 1/2 wall, so house is pretty open, and most of the time we keep the 2 small BR's closed. There's also a window on the wall between the kitchen and "new bedroom". New bedroom is a remodded 3 season porch on slab. 6' W x 7' H opening at stove room. Stove is situated on the wall just left of the S in the word stoveroom. Simple request.... help.