I grew up with a wood insert and remember going every fall to get wood for the next year. Always wanted a stove or insert for myself. A friend is a partner at a local stone yard and fireplace shop so I asked him a few questions and now I have a Lopi Republic 1750 going in this afternoon. I have been stockpiling wood for a month or two and have about 4 full cords S&S now. All of it scrounged but only about 1 of the cords(full not face) are fully seasoned (yes I checked them with a MM ) BTW when y'all talk about a cord are you referring to a face or a full usually? A local arborist dropping off the stuff he cant split and sell, he says he will give me 3 loads of lesser wood( willow, pine, dogwood, ect) for every one load of good stuff( oak, hickory, locust) so I am building my stockpile for the next few seasons. There is actually about 1 full cord sitting in the driveway that I need to S&S of elm.... taking me a while to work through it by hand. Back to the Stove, Put in triple wall chimney yesterday It is a little on the short side, strait up but short, total stack height is only going to be 15' but I have 5' additional in case I have draft issues. Ill just need to put supports up on the roof. Stove is located on one end of 1100 sqft ranch, with a pretty open floor plan in that half of the house. I have opened up vents above all of the doors in the house to prompt convection currents, and plan on running a ceiling fan in the room farthest away from the stove to encourage this. I actually tested this idea with a space heater and helium balloons to see how it would work. Not too bad. The living area is near the stove so it shouldn't be too big of an issue., I have Nat Gas but would like to attempt to burn only wood this year, might not totally work as I don't know if I have enough seasoned wood for all of the overnight burns all year long yet. Guess Ill just see what happens. Regardless Ill be doing my first break in fire this evening. Have learned a ton here already and look forward to learning more, Pics as soon as she is up and running.