So my wife and I are going to be closing on a new house soon and I am wondering about the best placement for a woodstove. For those who replied to some earlier posts of mine, the house we decided on is a different one than I described before. This one is much better suited for a woodstove as it has a much more open floorplan. Anyway, this new house has a large family room with vaulted ceilings and a brick wall (unfortunately, the brick is painted right now) that divides the family room from the kitchen/dining area. Along the brick wall seems like it would be a great placement for a stove since it is an interior wall and the stove pipe could run straight up and go through the vaulted ceiling. In the same room, however, there is also a large fireplace. A stove would also look great on the hearth of this fireplace, but it is on an exterior wall. Thus, while I've got a great place for the stove sitting in front of the brick wall, it is sort of a shame not to utilize the fireplace. Any creative ideas for what to do with the fireplace if the stove is placed along the mentioned brick wall? Or do I use the fireplace and insulate the chimney the best I can?