First off, I've been lurking for some time now. This is a great site and believe some of you may be willing to help me out. Some background on my situation: Never have had a wood stove before other than using one in my friend's one room cabin during hunting season. My home is a 2007 walkout ranch with 2000 sf up and 1800 sf down. 2x6 walls with blown cellulose up and open cell foam down-very efficient. Have geothermal and keep it set at 67. Stove will go in the basement I finally finished. House is very open. For wood I have several acres of honey locust which I would like to burn and hardwood. I want one as a good off grid backup and for occasional use just to have a fire. I have been to 3 dealers in town, and of course they all suggest different brands. They are a Jotul Oslo, a Pacific Alderlea T5, and a Lopi Liberty. I have read a lot about each and am more confused than when I began my search. I am cheap but always try and buy the best so I won't have just replace it later. Do you agree with the sizes they suggest for my home size? Will locust wood not be OK in any of these? Do dealers make more money for one brand so they suggest it? 2 of the dealers carry all 3 brands. If you need any more info or have any other suggestions I'm all ears.