hey guys . well , the old baker fireside is doing great(seen below) , but am looking to become more 'green' . ok , that was a joke . the baker works great , its a big firebox , i can fit 20-22" logs in, but it was primarily designed for coal but i burn oak maple and hickory in my 2000 sq ft house because , well , i get the wood for free and anthracite costs money .it has shaker grates that the wood sits on , which are helpful in removing ashes from the ash door while burning , but im sure dont help in complete combustion. if i bank the stove at night , then open the air up for about 25 minutes to crank it to about 500 on the door , and then choke it down almost completely , ill get 7 hour burns with enough coals (handful or two) in the morning to start up a few wrist sized pieces in the morning in about 5 minutes . while cooking around 350-450, shell burn about 1 piece per hour of normal sized wood. typical. not a bad gig at all . but shes not all that efficient . its from the 80s im assuming . a friend has a soapstone non cat newer epa stove with the secondary air tubes and we can put 3 pieces in and those blue ladies wil dance ontop of the logs for what seems like 5 hours. . . completely controlled . less air knobs to fuss with , no glass tinting after 5 hours etc . so its time .... . i am looking for long burn times and efficiency thats worth me doing all this work. i have a 7" stainless flue pipe(shouldnt be an issue going to 6" or 8" newer stove) all the way up my 17' high chimney, with a flue adapter on my stove now . blockoff plate installed too by me. i get good heat and geat draft . the room the stoves in is a concrete slab(heat robbing), 3 walls are outside walls, and the chimney is external ... but in the dead of winter (15-20 degrees) itll be 70-72 degrees downstairs(house is only 20yrs old), and still keep the bedrooms in the 2nd floor of the colonial house at about 66-68 degrees, down to about 62-64 when i wake up in the AM . not bad ... but i know i can get more efficiency . the furnace is set at 63 , and about 10 nights a year it might kick on in the AM before i get up . the stoves im looking at right now are : 1. quadra fire 5100i . good luck with this one , cant find any used and new is just too much . 2. jotul c 550 . nice stove , close to same size as quadra fire. 3. buck model 91 . shes a cat stove, so i am not too keen on that, but theres one locally for 1200 in great shape. 4. napoleon 1402 .. its a bit smaller than the baker, but doable . 5. blaze king princess . solid stove . i want to squeeze as much stove in there as i can . the 5100i seems to fit to the T (its 2" deeper than my baker, but 2" thinner too) . my dimensions are as follows : fireplace overall width is 35" in the very front , but tapers to 27.5" wide at 15.5" deep into the smoke chamber. my baker fits very snug in there, and is 24" high so height wont be an issue for the new stove. i have 16" of brick hearth to lie the stove on thats sticking out of the fireplace, but i lay a big tile hearth pad so thats no worries. let me know what you guys think . i dont need to upgrade , but love trying new things, and besides, i love burning wood too much to switch to coal . thanks!