So the wife and I bought a 3000 SqFt ranch with a walk out basement in MO. There is a fireplace in the basement we had inspected and unfortunately can't be used due to chimney liner issues. The home is basically 2/3 open on the basement and first floor with the remainder being bedrooms, stairs in center. 18' chimney on an outside wall. I've been trying to decide on an insert and researching here, so much information! We started wanting the Osburn 2000 because of the large viewing area. My wife wants to see the fire... I don't like it because it lacks flexibility in settings ( am I wrong?). Long story short, I've convinced the wife the heat source is more important than viewing area and widdled down to thinking I like the BK Princess insert. I've even sold her on the thing taking up most of the hearth (which wasn't easy!). Because there are no inserts to be seen in a shop i want to be sure this is the right decision. Please, if you own one let me know what im missing, pro or con. Is the top of the stove large enough to cook on at all? In the pictures it looks like it's maybe 6" at best. There is a fan right? I can't find anything in the literature about a fan. If so, how loud is it? variable speed? I know it's a very generalized question, but how well will this heat our space? Does anyone have a similar set up and conditions? Thanks in advance for input. BTW, we'll be burning mostly oak from our property and i'll be sure it's seasoned well and metered ( I've seen how you grind on others about seasoned wood....).