Hey everyone, new to the forums and I've got some questions for you experts. I just bought my house in january and it is all set up for a wood burning stove in the basement. It has a pipe running through the basement wall, below the garage, up through the garage floor and then of course through the roof. Now I am new to indoor stoves, as my parents have an outdoor stove, and I am especially new to the idea of a stove in the basement, which leads to my first question. Is it better to have the stove in the basement? I undertand the idea of heating the basement and the heat rising to the rest of the house, but i also like the idea of having it in the living room just because of the soothing feeling of watching the fire. So here is the next question. If it was installed in the living room, would the basement stay warm enough that the pipes wouldn't freeze? It would be fairly easy to install in the living room because the space I would put it is right above the spot in the basement, so about all I would have to do is run the pipe through the wall between the living room and garage and tie into the existing pipe coming from the basement as explained earlier. Any help or opinions would be appreciated. Oh and since I am new to woodstoves, what are some good brands to look at?