I purchased a house in central PA last fall that has electric baseboard heat and a Kodiak woodburner (Fischer style) in one corner of the "basement" (Split level). We finished the basement this summer (now a bedroom, laundry room, family room, bathroom) and removed the stove; refinishing the corner with stone & slate on the concrete platform. Now I would like to add a primary heat source solution, but am "second guessing" after reading all the articles on this forum. I got a taste of the "wood" with the Kodiak last winter (occassional) & liked the heat, but not the "wood fire" odor & smoke so much (my damper skills need work). In remodeling, I even installed a 6" grill & duct fan directly above the platform & leading outside through a dryer vent "flapper" with a timer switch; anticipating that I could vent while fixing the fire. Also, the Kodiak had no ash tray so it had to extinguish to allow fully cleaning out the fire box. In addition, I'm not fond of the cutting, carrying, splitting, & bark mess. My thoughts for a replacement are turning toward hard coal & the Harman magnum or Alaska Kast II stokers mainly because of their automation & ability to be "hands off" for a day or three (my wife & I both work & kids at school, dog not trainable). Now I am starting to wonder what advantages these offer over a gravity feed unit? If the power goes off, would gravity feed continue (possibly in radiant heat mode only)? I know battery back-up is a possibility as well for the stoker argument. I am interested in opinions regarding the two stokers mentioned as well as other units that I may not be aware of. Also, any opinions regarding Gravity feed VS auto stoker. BTW, my current flue has an 8" round inlet, can I just use an adapter if the new stove has a smaller flue? My total electric bill last year was approx $1200 (and I kept the family pretty cold, except for Kodiak days); without the Kodiak, elect likely would have been $1500 - $1800. Cooking and clothes dryer are propane; water heater is electric. Any guestimates on electricity consumption reduction? 40% maybe? Thanks to Hearth.com for a great resource in my quest.