I've been searching and reading through the forums, but I'm still looking for some advice and a sanity check as I'm new to wood heating. Just moved into a new house in Maryland last year, didn't get anything figured out before last winter so we just ran the heat pump. I've got two large masonry fireplaces above each other in a 1972 rancher. In the basement I'd like to use the old Black Bart II slammer stove insert I've got for a couple years until I can afford a better more efficient stove, but not until I've run a full liner and cleaned the chimney. My plan is to cut a round opening and weld on an 8" boot or collar directly onto the top of the stove and close in the remaining area from the old 4"x14" opening with steel plate as thick as the stove, then run an 8" flexible stainless 23-25' liner to connect to the boot and make/install a blockoff plate. There is currently no damper in the stove, and I wasn't planning to add one. Both fireplaces have 11"x11" ID clay liners that look decent, just dirty and for the time being I was going to simply not use the upstairs fireplace. Also, the original damper plate is missing and I don't ever intend to use it without and insert, so I will probably just cut whatever hole I need to run the liner through the old damper plate frame or knock out a few of the bricks from behind the damper plate frame in order to eliminate/minimize ovalizing. I also plan to cut some holes in the ceiling above the stove in the basement which would be into a large kitchen and force the hot air to move through gates, and circulate with fan only from air handler unit. Long term I would like to be able to upgrade the stove and use the liner I get now(8"). I really don't want to spend much of anything on the old stove itself besides some 1200° black paint, new gaskets, and a very cheap one speed blower that I rig up to the back..... Any words of caution or affirmation would be appreciated. I can also post some pictures if anyone is interested. -Black Bart II -Fiskars x27 -Homelite SuperXL Automatic 20" -Craftsman 18"