We just bought a home with a pellet stove. We just started using it and I have some questions about pellet stoves in general. We have a Breckwell P24FS from 1994. Our home is about 1600 sf and our bedrooms have wall heaters. Our living room, dinning room, and kitchen are all open to each other with the bedrooms being in the back of the house. It is one story. I have attached are really rough drawing to give an idea of what it looks like. Please forgive my ignorance as I have only ever had baseboard heating my whole life and pellet stoves are not common here. 1. How long do pellet stoves last? Ours is 19 years old and seems to work fine but I am wondering how much longer we can expect this thing to keep going. 2. How do I keep the house from over heating? It seems to get up to about 73 degrees really (two hours) quickly but then we just shut it off or it will keep getting warmer. Then it gets cold again at the end of the day and we have to re-light the stupid thing which is a big pain. In the winter I will not want to shut it off all the time to keep it from over heating the house. 3. What is the best way to get the heat around to the rest of the house? The stove is in the corner of the living room and that area gets really warm but the rest of the house, not so much. We have a ceiling fan in the middle of the living room that we run but I am not sure how much help it is. We bought 2 tons of pellets for the winter (we live near Seattle so winter is not too bad here) to see if it saves us any money on heating. If not then we will just put in two more wall heaters in the living room.