well, title says it all I guess, I bought the stove and planing to install this week. I bought the stove with the whole intention to install in basement, which is almost finished (living area 24x14, bedroom 15x10, hallway 12x8, plus a couple more spots......around 850 sq. ft. in basement...ballpark). However, now I am thinking if I should install on first floor instead. House is about 1,850 sf for both 1st and 2nd floors combined. If install in basement I can leave basement door leading to 1st floor open so hot air can rise, however I guess basement will get too hot. Right now without heat temp. in basement is about high 50s or so. I insulated the concrete foundation with foam board first, then 2x4 framing, then R13 insulation batts and finally half inch dry wall. My heat upstairs is baseboard oil heat and I don't have any registers on first floor (so I could use to let warm air rise up to first floor if stove gets installed in basement. To install in basement (in ground foundation) the installer told me he needs to cut through foundation concrete and open hole for the pipe. 1. What do you guys think, should I install in basement or 1st floor? 2. Also, installer only mentioned cutting one hole in concrete foundation for the pipe but we did not talk about another hole for outside air intake, would we need to open a 2nd hole for air intake? (my friend tells me it is not necessary to install this.....but manual says it is mandatory......) ..