We are moving to a new house that doesn't have a chimney usable for a fireplace so were going to put a chimney through a wall to have a wood stove but the overhangs are too large. The wood stove guy from our local shop said we should go with gas instead since we will have natural gas at the house. The house has radiators on natural gas, and is supposedly well insulated, so not sure that a gas stove would save us any money on natural gas or help out the environment but it would be nice to have heat in a power outage. The home is 3 floors with a finished attic, originally from early 1900's. The first floor is about 700 square feet and the corner we want to do the install is rather far from the stairs, so we're thinking of heating enough to prevent pipes freezing and keep us warm in the room the stove is in. First question is how large a stove in terms of BTU do we need. We prefer a physically small stove because the room we're putting it in is not that large and we have concerns about the stove taking up physical space. Of course a gas stove will take up less space than a wood stove. Second is which stove would be best. We have local dealers who have jotul, vermont casting, majestic, avalon and hearthstone gas stoves. Not sure which is the most reliable and trouble free when it comes to gas stoves, and we also need to be able to use it with no electricity. Thanks for any experience or advice.