I am really new to most of this so I am seeking some good advise which this seems to be a good place to get it. My story is a little confusing so I will describe it the best I can. My wife and I are building a house/garage/pavilion to live in for the next 10-15 years or so until we save enough money to build the house we(she) really wants. What we are building now is- garage is 30 x 34 and the house is 34 x 34 plus I am installing trusses that have the room already built into them so as we have children we can add on upstairs as we go. We also are building a 16 x 34 pavilion onto the end of the house so we have a nice place to hang out and look at our future pond and the pavilion is basicly an extension of the roof which will also have the trusses with the room already built in and the trusses above the garage are the same way. So basicly i have an upstairs that is 16 feet wide and runs the whole length of the building/pavilion (80 feet total). I was originally going with an outside wood boiler with radiant heat in the concrete floors but i have read that they are wood hogs and when the power goes out, they are helpless unless a generator is involved. I want to go with a LARGE stove like the Hearthstone Equinox on the main floor but i dont know if the heat will get to the upstairs well enough. The upstairs part that is directly above our 34 x 34 living quarters, i dont worry about. I worry about our master bedroom above the pavilion and the living quarters above the garage. I dont know if they will get enough heat or if these stoves actually put our enough heat in the first place because i have never been around one. My dad had an old school wood stove in our basement growing up and it worked great but it had ducts and none of these blaze king or hearthstone stoves can be hooked up to ducts. I was wondering if anyone had any kind of experiences like mine and what you did and if you liked it? Do people heat their homes all winter with these stoves or are they mostly for looks and an occasional burn? Should i put in electric water boiler/radiant heat in floor back-up in case the wood stove has issues? I greatly appreciate any help i can get from some experienced burners! If this doesnt make sense let me know and i will try to describe it better. Thanks.