I am looking for some advise as I am about to upgrade my little Lopi Sheffield with a 2000+sf capable stove. From what I've been readin this is a very respectful and knowledgeable group who help answer questions without being rude (I didn't think you could find that on the internet!). Here's where I'm at: I added 1300sf last year to a 1000sf house, did not upgrade the oil burner and my little Lopi is undersized. The old portion of the house is very OLD and DRAFTY. Originally a tavern in 1770 or so and a schoolhouse was (moved a litlle over a mile) attached to it in 1832. Too bad there is no video of that. Below are the basics: Stove is located on 1st floor Great Room (32'x16') in a corner of the new addition 6' + of single wall pipe to ceiling, then about 14' of Selkirk Chimney through house-attic-roof Slate Pad 58" x 58", will have 12"-13" from corner of new stove to wall (3/8" slate over 1/2" cement board) 9' ceilings in great room w/ceiling fan open floor plan between new/old leads to 18' ceiling w/ceiling fan in existing house (open kitchen/dining area/living room) plus hallway to office and bathroom, hard to reach with stove heat Upstairs has 2 bedrooms, one bath above great room and one bed/bath in existing Lots of windows, doors especially in new portion I have a quote on a Jotul F600 w/blower, delivered, $3300. I am about to go look at the VC Defiant but hear mixed things about VC's stability and product quality in recent years. What is important to me is ease of use so when I'm out of town my wife can add wood without having to restart from scratch, burn times to allow easy starting in morning (10 hrs would be great), delivery and move the stove into position, and 2200'sf + capacity. We hit -6F a few mornings ago in Upstate NY so I am in need of a good heat source for the space - I burn alot of locust and other hardwoods, no pine. I figure on burning 5 cords/yr with the new stove. Please Help!