Hello all. I've been lurking here for a bit and want to say thanks for being so informative. I'm a MS Gulf Coast native uprooted and relocated to PA, so this "how to stay warm" thing is a novel concept. My in-laws use an insert and we lived with them for a year after the storm, so I've somewhat familiarized myself with it. Although, after reading some of the threads here, I realize it's the tip of the iceberg. We recently bought a house and are looking to heat exclusively with wood, since there's plenty for the taking where we are. The house about 1200sf with really low ceilings so I'm thinking it won't be a problem. My issue is lack of knowledge. I need to do this on a budget so we are looking at used stoves. I'm a pathological researcher, so every time I've come across one, I check the reviews here. Our home does have a fireplace and due to limited space an insert is the only option. When we purchased the home, the inpector said the chimney was in great shape. I'm gathering from what I have read here, it is likely that we'll invest more in lining the chimney than we will on the actual stove. We're just lucky that they are often in the classifieds here. On that note, is it possible for a Woodstock Fireview to be used in a fireplace? From what I've gathered from their site, no. I'm just wondering.....hoping, that there is a way, even though it seems not. There's a soapstone in our paper for $500 and it's killing me that it's clearly impossible to install it here. I'm sure I'll be around with many questions as we get farther along in the process. Right now, we are using the 2 tanks of gas that came with the house, but when they get empty, you can bet the gas company is one place my paycheck ain't going.