I'll be studying free standing stoves for a while yet before deciding what to place in the basement. Our upstairs insert runs with the fan 90% of the time and we are very pleased with its performance. I don't remember where on here but someone wrote in about a radiant stove might be too hot if setting nearby and they recommended a convection type to move the heat around for whatever that situation was. So, in what cases would it be more desirable to run a radiant stove, large open room with few obstructions to block the radiant? Currently, I like the looks of the Jotul Castine best. It's up against the Alderlea T5.