Hi everyone! I’ve been reading for a while and wanted to introduce myself and ask a question, or two. My husband and I are in the process of finishing our basement and turning it into a family room. While we were working in the basement the other day I made a comment to him and said how neat it would be to have a wood burning stove in the house and maybe we should look into the possibility of having one installed. Long story short, after some research we both settled on a pellet stove! Two reasons for wanting a stove in the house: 1-Recreate my childhood memory 2-Heat source for the basement (notice how I put heat as second reason not first) HA! I grew up in a household that had a wood burning stove. It was used for cooking and heating. I’ve always wanted a wood burning stove but like I said, after some research, pellet stove is a way to go. Now, my questions to you is, where do I go from here? I’ve noticed that our Lowe’s and Home Depot carry stoves but do I go to Lowe’s or a pellet stove dealer? Do I want top-feed or bottom feed? What about BTUs? (basement will be about 400sf, give or take) I would like a good flame pattern along with a large viewing glass. I am assuming automatic ignition vs. manual, right? Can we do the installation ourselves or do we have a professional install it? Used or new stove? Mostly the stove is for ambiance (no, I really don’t want an electric fireplace) and of course it will provide the heat for us in the basement, too. Any advice is appreciated.