It's 40 degrees outside and rainy. Already an inch in the rain gauge. Just the sort of day for some good reading in front of the stove, or maybe just a nice lay about on the floor sucking up some heat!
Jotul F600, just a free standing wood stove, no blower, sitting in front of the fireplace opening. What you can't see in the photos above is that the chimney is in the center of the house and is 8 feet by 4 feet by 16 feet tall. It extends down another level of the house where two more stoves have flues into it. One is a Woodstock Classic that I heat the den with downstairs and the other one is an antique cooking stove in the downstairs kitchen that came with the house, but I've never lit a fire in it.
With all that thermal mass I get a lot of residual heat long after the stove burns out. When I shoot the bricks below the mantel with my IR thermometer I get a 160 F reading, for example. With the mantle heat shield the mantel itself will only be about 120 F. Even the backside of the chimney, which serves as a kitchen wall, the bricks will be 90 F.
The Jotol F 600 comes with a reversible collar so it can vent up or back. My setup has it venting out the back so I can get in under the fireplace lentil. I have about a 22' flue, so it drafts real well.