I want to utilize an existing basement fireplace by putting in a new insert. I have the opportunity to either go with a pellet insert or go with a natural gas insert. My main heating source is natural gas hot water baseboard supplemented by a Woodstock Soapstone woodstove on the main floor. I've been reading these boards and I hear about the hassles of cleaning pellet stoves. But at the same time a unit like the Quad Mt Vernon produces a lot of heat. And I like the idea of a 3rd source of heat (multiple redundancy with gas/wood/pellet). On the other hand, natural gas inserts seem pretty low-maintainence and there is no hassle with storing and loading solid fuel. They also seem less expensive (for the unit anyway). But they don't seem to throw as much heat. Advice would be much appreciated.