Hello, I've been following this forum for a month and now am considering buying a stove to heat up my house. However, discussing with a few dealers really make myself confused in choosing a woodstove versus a gas fireplace My goal is very simple: to make the house warm enough in the winter time I'm living in seattle area and the winter is not that harsh. The house was built in 1978 and is about 1700 sqft (layout attached). I konw nothing about the isulation though, but I assume it's not too bad. The previous owner upgraded windows 2 years ago. The only heat source is electical baseboard which is useless in the winter The house has two chimneys, one is a masonry chimney in the living room and the other is a stainless chimney in the family room (the previous owner may have a wood stove here using this chimney). I was thinking to buy a pacific energy T5, or spectrum or other medium size wood stove. However, recently, a dealer strongly suggested me to use a gas fireplace instead. He claimed a fire place of about 30000 output BTU can heat up the whole house which I really doubt... My wife and I both work and no one's at home during daytime. We usually turn off the baseboard when we left to work in the morning. We are hoping to buy a woodstove/fireplace to heat up the house as quickly as possible when we get back home after work. Here are a few questions that worries us a lot: 1. Is a gas fireplace really able to heat up the whole house? and how long would it take to bring the house from say 40F to 75F? 2. In terms of operation cost, would the wood stove cheaper or more expensive? (I have no source of free wood) 3. If we were to buy a wood stove, we probably will fire it up from Oct to April. The temperature here is about 35F, and we will only burn wood from say 6 PM to 8 AM. Would you estimate how many cords do I need for the whole winter? 4. Would the wood stove give lots of heat in half an hour or would it really starts to warm after a couple of hours? (The dealer claims the gas fireplace warms the house up faster than the wood stove) 5. How much BTU do I need for this 1700 sqft house? Too many questions but this is the first time in our life to buy/use a wood stove/gas fireplace. Any comment is appreciated ! Thanks in advance.