What is unique is the home/hearth design. I worked with our architect when we built the house and designed it with an alcove hearth for a wood stove. I have two air handler ducts that sit directly above the stove and service the entire upstairs as well as the other side of the home. Bottom line: I can move the heat easily away from the stove. I originally had a VC Defiant with cat. This lasted about 3 years when I finally decided that it simply was not cutting it. In an effort to get more heat out of it I overburned it on a regular basis and after 3 years the enamel was a mess. I would rip through about 7+ cord in a winter. I now have a Quadra-Fire 5700 step top (no cat). It was a vast improvement over the VC and managed to keep the entire house comfortable until about 3 years ago when we completed an addition. The house is now about 4500 sf and I would ideally like to heat about 3500-4000 of it. I have been burning about 6 cord with the 5700 (before and after the addition). In addition, I would like to cut down on my feed time (every 6 hours at most) if possible. While aesthetics are not a top priority I would like something that looks decent and preferably has a glass door. Build quality is very important and maintenance ease and frequency are also a big concerns. While I am cost conscious I have no budget and would be willing to pay accordingly to get my needs/desires met. I feel I need a stove with ~4.0 cuft fire box and 100k btu or more output. I wanted to also add that the 8" metal-bestos (sp) pipe run is about 45' and straight up from the stove in a (newly, courtesy of the addition) interior chase providing a substantial draft I assume. I damped the VC but was advised against it for the 5700, which reduces to a 6" at the stove. I have had others tell me that I should install a dampener on the 5700 and others tell me not to. What does the collective wisdom say and why? Thanks to all in advance for any and all help.