Good question, I was hearing over 3500+ with my summit. Now I need it to heat about 2k from the basement. The summit gave off a lot of radiant heat and had a 3.0 box. I loved the N/s ability with the summit and am having a hard time believing E/w does as well as N/s. I would love a flush mount so looking for the larger I can get my hands on thinking with e/w burn times and any medium size box might not cut it. Also worried about the drafting issue being that it will be located in the basement...
That said I did read somewhere on f/b that PE used steel from China - my other stove was great outside of the crack issue and wondering if that’s why it was welded and not replaced? Although it was a few generations ago PE tech explained why it happened and seemed to have resolved that issue.
Because I will probably have to give it more air due to drafting issue I am wondering if a cat stove would be better over the course of a burn since they are better at lower temps?
Back to the Summit - my other one was in a large room so it looked at home, this room is maybe 10x14 and wondering if it will look to massive. This stove doesn’t have to be my primary heater as I have m/s and H/e boiler but when the power goes out it would be nice if it could be utilized.
I personally don't like EW loading, I load my short and wide firebox NS and just cut all my wood to 16" to accommodate that. I have found that a more square firebox does operate nicer, but I'll take that tradeoff for the large glass I have in mine, the amount of radiant heat that comes off the large window is really nice for warming up in front of, and everything in the room is warm.
I have no idea if PE uses Chinese steel, but even if they do it doesn't matter from a quality perspective. I would assume PE uses ASTM A36 grade plate to build their stoves with, all A36 plate must meet the same standard regardless of where it comes from to be labelled as such. Usually wood stoves crack at the welds anyway, and that's due to improper operation, inadequate weld design, incorrect process/filler material, or poor workmanship by the welder.