Hello all- first off, thanks for all your previous posts as I've been lurking around the past week! We're getting a stove or insert to put within our existing fireplace. We have a 1200sf ranch that we'll be placing this stove/insert on one end in our living room. Our living room, kitchen, entry hall, dining room are relatively open, and then you have that nice long ranch hallway with the bedrooms off of. My plan- have a blower no matter what I get, and I'll be putting in a switched box fan above our hallway door to assist in pushing the air down the hall (or at least past the thermostat!). We'd like to recess this within our firebox as much as possible- so limited on our options as stoves go. Price point is a factor, which limits us on the inserts as well. Here, so far, is what I'm considering my options are, and then questions to follow... Lopi Republic 1250 stove. (fits, could even cut the legs down a bit to make it fit better) Hearthstone Craftsbury (was almost going to go with it, but with the price quote on that at 17" log length, thinks it's beyond ruled out now). Heatilater ECOchoice WINS18 insert (mainly due to price) NOW... the questions... I also was introduced to the Avalon units, the rainier in particular which has a bit larger of a firebox and can take bigger logs, but also is $700 more than the lopi 1250. Similar, the Lopi Leyden would be a bit larger, but also more expensive. I'm really wondering would I have wished to go larger than that 1250 republic... I know it could do a satisfactory job, especially with a blower, and I also know that having a larger model could easily sweat us out of the living room, but be better for overnight burns/general heating. Any suggestions and thoughts are welcome, and thank you all in advance. Other model suggestions are welcome as well- just bear in mind my existing firebox is 30" high, and we're really looking for a blower to assist with the air movement.