Hello, New to the forum, and a lot of great info here. Before dropping a bunch of cash, I'd really like some input on my situation. I own a 1900sq ft home. It's basically a cape with an addition over a walk-out garage. I currently have a zero-clearance fireplace (late 80s heatilator) in the addition part of the house. I REALLY want to get a wood stove in my house. I have two basic options... 1. Get a FREE VC Vigilant from my parents - excellent shape, has only been lightly used since they bought it new in the 80s. Unfortunately my wife would prefer to not have a wood stove sticking out of the fireplace now; so if I went this route, I would put in my finished basement. The finished part of the basement is about 500sq feet. If I did this, I would pipe it out a basement window, and hopefully heat the house; although I'm concerned I'd be blown out of the basement room with the heat? I would also have to pay for the chimney to run of two stories. 2. Get a new insert woods stove put inside the zero clearance heatilator. This is my wife's fav option. I'm not completely against, but I also don't know if putting one in a zero clearance is safe/advisable. I would of course need to pay for the stove, and I'm assuming a new chimney liner as well. I'm curious which seems more practical, and would heat the home better. I'd like to get it right the first time; since either option will cost me. I'd appreciate any feedback. Let me know if I need to clarify any of it. Thanks!!