Greetings to all: Nice forum, glad to be a part of it. There is more information here than one can digest at once. Its nice to see others are looking for alternative sources of heat besides paying the Utilities. I recently retired my Hearthstone II. We used it primarily on Coal, God do I miss that. My new wood fires in the Hampton are amazingly beautiful to watch. Especially with the secondary air burn. The Hearthstone using wood was mediocre at best compared to the Hampton, But burning Coal in her, now that's another story. Couldn't part with the beauty of soapstone, She's now in the corner of our Foyer with a tiffany lamp on top. It's a very interesting conversation piece, not to mention you can't slide it while lacing up your boots on it Again, Glad, to be a new member.