So it has been many years since I have had a real fireplace in the home. We had a gas fireplace and a pellet stove in our last place but now we have bought a new to us home and it has no fireplace at all. What I am wondering is what our best option would be for installing a wood burning stove or fireplace. So a little about the home we purchased: Built in 1974 1300 sqft main floor finished 900 sqft basement finished Newer high efficiency gas furnace Floor Plan: The main floor has an open floor plan with a living room, den, eating area, and kitchen all interconnected. We are hoping to put a stove or fireplace in the main living room and be able to heat the living area and keep the bedrooms warm. If possible getting some heat downstairs would be good as well. We understand that mostly we will have heat in only the main area of the house but that is why we have down comforters for the bedrooms. We would set the furnace to a lower setting or might even look at installing a thermostat downstairs if needed for more warmth down there. We are looking at three options to place the stove or fireplace and they are: What we are looking for is recommendations on how to go about implementing a stove I will update this very soon with the floor plan and my ideas. But for now could you recommend type, and size. As well this will be on a low budget and I would like to do most of the install myself. So any help from you would be great.