My family and I recently moved into this home that has all electric baseboard heat. I am not looking forward to seeing the electric bill this coming winter. To help offset the high costs of electricity, I am looking at installing a pellet stove in the basement. I am hoping that the heat will rise up the stairs and through some vents I plan to install, and help supplement the electric heating. My house is approx 2200 sq feet of livable space with the unfinished basement adding another 500 sq feet. What size stove might I need? Do any of you have one installed in the basement? Do you think a pellet stove will put out enough heat to help me? I really do not have a spot to install it on the main level of the house. The other concern I have is that this is a full underground basement with only about 12-18 inches from the ceiling level to the ground level outside. Is this enough room for the exhaust? Or would I need to dig down and install something similar to the window wells that many people have around their basement windows? Would this be okay or is there a problem with snow, etc? I see that some stoves come with a remote t-stat. Is it possible to install this upstairs? Thanks for any advice you can offer.