This is my first post to your forum (which has been very helpful in me selecting a pellet stove, thanks). My wife and I decided to get a pellet stove this year since we received an estimate from our oil company stating that is will cost us $4000 to heat our house this year. We only use 800 gallons of oil. This made our decision to by a pellet stove simple since it will pay for itself in about 2 years or less at this rate. I just wanted to get your opinion about the amount that we are paying as well as the location of the pellet stove in our home. First the cost. We are paying $4400 for a Mt Vernon AE. This includes installation, pipes, and 1 ton of Dry Creek pellets. I selected the Quadrafire because of the good ratings as well as the fact that my wife liked the look more than any other stove we saw. Does this amount sound right to you guys? My other concern is the location of the stove so that it heats the upstairs. We have 2400 sqft to heat. we have an additional 800 sqft in the basement but that is usually heated by leaving the boiler room door open. I have three zones of heat (one for each floor) but the basement zone almost never comes on. I will be placing the stove on the main floor in the formal living room (the room no one uses). I will have a fan in that room and in the family room downstairs. My concern is that I won't be able to get enough heat upstairs to the bedrooms. I will be running the system on medium most of the time (as per the recommendation of the installer). I was told that I can also run the fan of my AC unit to distrubute the heat ( I would close the vents downstatirs and just leave the vents open upstairs). My intake for the AC is upstairs away from the stairs. I have 8' ceilings and the staircase is open. I've attached a rough drawing of my environment to make things a little easier. And yes I have already purchase two additional tons of Dry Creek for a total of 3 Tons for the heating season. Thanks again for taking time to reply to my post.