EDIT/UPDATE: DISREGARD the forced air kit and I have decided on a free standing unit. Now the question is what size unit, what material (Soap, Steel or Cast Iron) and what breand/unit??? Hey guys, I'm on LOng Island NY, just got hammered with Sandy, got power back today after a week. I've always wanted a wood stove, but just never got around to doing it. Well, no power and cold for a week has motivated me. I have a regular old (~25 years old) fireplace insert, very inefficient, cheap builder type unit... So I want to replace it with a new efficient wood stove or fireplace stove. My dream was always to have a free standing wood stove, and one that I could cook on/in. I always thought freestanding stove were more efficient (aka throw off more heat). But in reading specs online, and comparing them in stores, everyone now tells me the efficiency is about the same between now. So here is he problem and my question of which one should I install, a Fireplace stove insert or a free standing stove. The house is 2100 sq feet, is on stilt and is two stories. It is an "upside down" house, that is, the bedrooms are on the first floor, and the 2nd floor is one big great room containing the kitchen, living room and family room (TV) area, but all in an open cathedral ceiling great room(about 1400 sq feet). This is where my existing fireplace is, and this is where I will install the new unit. My goal for the unit is to continue to enjoy the fire, but also heat the house, or at least the great room most of the time. The master bedroom (the only bedroom used) is directly below the fireplace. So do I install a Fireplace insert, and use a forced air blower off the back to blow heat down into the bedroom below to help heat the 1st floor (or bedroom anyway), OR do I go with my "dream" of having a free standing unit, but no blower to heat the bedroom??? How much heat do you actually get from these distribution blowers? Do they work or am I wasting my time even thinking about it? The fireplace insert would be somewhat easier to install, just replace the chimney pipes, insert it, and do a bit of mantle work... The free standing stove requires removing the bottom part of my fireplace area and installing a hearth... Some of the units I'm looking at, but NOT set on yet are, just units my two local dealers are selling/pushing: Freestanding: - Enerzone Destination 2.3 - Hearthstone soapstone units Insert: - Enerzone Destination 2.3-1 - Hearthstone units So many questions,...... HELP!! What would you do, and why??? Picture of the space attached.