Background: Been burning in a Vermont Castings Aspen for past 11 yrs I've owned house. Installed by previous homeowner, rear vented via 6" steel flexliner up masonry chimney. Home is a 2300 sq ft colonial style. The Problem: Although the VC is a cute little stove that can keep the whole house warm if outside temps are above 32F, it is woefully underpowered for a home of this size and must be run at full power, requiring hourly feedings. It is only designed for a 1100 sq ft area. After at least 12 years of reliable service, the firebricks are cracking/crumbling, and the log grate has cracked and is now buckling, causing difficulty removing the ash pan. The Solution: A larger free standing stove or a fireplace insert. My current setup looks like this: Nixed the idea of a larger stove, as I would have to blow out the hearth and match existing bricks, and the arched upper opening of the fireplace is not high enough to accomodate the height of the vents on the larger stoves. So....I opted for an insert. Based on fireplace opening dimensions, I need a medium sized insert. And the best looking inserts I've seen rated at least 75k BTU max were the Regency "Hampton HI300" and the Pacific Energy "Alderlea T5 Class" insert. Pros and Cons: Alderlea: Thought the enamel brown finish looked just a hair nicer Variable speed (pot) fan, vs only 2 speeds on HI300. Alderlea Cons: Price! The unit alone best price was $725 higher than the HI300!! Firebox size is .0.2 cubic feet smaller than HI300 Weird gap between blower an hearth. HI300: much cheaper Choosing oversize surround is proportionatelly larger all around, not just wider header like the Alderlea. View of fire through glass is 2 inches wider. Slightly larger firebox. 4 overhead secondary combustion tubes. Well, I pulled the trigger and put 1000 bucks down on the HI300. Thanks to everyone on previous threads for the HI300 that influenced my final decision! This is a great site! I'll send pics of my final install when it comes, which may take until after Christmas to install.