New to the pellet stove game. I live in northeast ohio, have a 2000 sq ft colonial and am sick of paying so much for natural gas. I have been doing tons of research and have it narrowed down to a breckwell big "e" pellet stove, or a newenglander / summerheat pellet stove with the 240 lbs hopper. the breckwell would be around 1400 plus i would save 10% on 3 tons of pellets and 15 bucks on the install piping (about 75 dollars worth of savings) the new englander would run 1500 but has the larger hopper already (150 dollar add on to the breckwell, but could live without larger hopper) These seem to be the entry level units that still can heat 2200 sq ft. I am partial to new englander because I have spoken with Eric on the phone and he has been extremely helpful, and I like that they seem to cater to end user maintenance and installation. plus the new englander i can get shipped in to my local big box store whereas the breckwell would be a 2 hr trip to pick up (not counting the hassle of bring back 3 tons of pellets). The new englander seems to be the better route (a touch more money but more convenient) Curious as to others opinions on the matter. Is there a major difference in these models? or all they basically the same? Also, can pellet stoves NOT rated for multifuel still burn biomass/corn? I know they will not be as effiecient and wont self ignite, but if i did say 80% pellet and 20% other (in my area i can get cherry pits slightly cheaper then wood pellets). I ask because a multifuel rated stove runs 500 bucks more and may not be worth it if biomass does not take off (currently it doesnt seem to be) but in the event some random biomass comes on the market cheap it would be nice to utilize it, even if only as a "mix in" with proper wood pellets. Lastly, I was looking to build a micore hearth pad (4ft x 4ft, 1 inch thick) Will I need any sort of covering or tile on top of the micore? Will this hearth pad be enough for the stoves mentioned above? Will I have to worry about the stove weight damaging this micore hearth pad? Sorry for throwing so much out there, but once I know these 3 issues (which stove, biomass compatiblitly, hearth pad) I will be able to figure out exactly how I wanna go with all this.