I've got an old masonry wood-burning fireplace and I'd like to get more heat and still enjoy the beauty of an open fire. I'm looking for a new NC wood stove and am a little overwhelmed by the info and options. I'd like to use wood to heat the house while I'm home, and rely on the gas furnace to keep things from getting too cold in the morning or while away. The house if 1500 sq ft. with a fairly open floor plan. I've been reading some reviews here at Hearth.com and have seen morso, quadrafire, and jotul stoves get generally good reviews. VC seems to get mixed reviews. My dad, a long-time wood burner, gave me limited advice: Don't get something so big that you close the damper often and burn cold, dirty fires, don't buy a catalytic stove, and get a stove with no firebrick. I guess he had a VC that had no firebrick and cracked. He says now VC uses firebrick, which is cheaper/easier to replace and can be done one brick at a time. Do the morso, quadrafire, and jotul stoves have firebrick? If not, do they have issues with the parts cracking after several years or use? If not, I'm wondering why? I'm looking for something that will last long with minimal maintenance (other than regular cleaning/chimney sweeping). Clean burning and high efficiency seem to also make good sense, but seem to be fairly easy to come by with new stoves. Models I'm considering: Quadrafire Yosemite Quadrafire Millennium 2100 Vermont Castings Resolute Acclaim Jotul F400 Castine Hearthstone Shelburne Hearthstone Craftsbury Morso 2100 Any other recommendations? Agreements/disagreements with my dad's advice? Thanks!