We're moving and looking at a wood or pellet stove as the primary heat source for a 1600 sqft split level house. Connecticut. Winter stays 32 or just under most of the time. Friends and family have wood stoves, but this will be the first of my own. My goals are keeping the house at around 68-72, conserving energy, and tending the fire as little as possible. I suppose no more or less than firewood. With a pellet stove I think I would get the low, steady, all-day, constant heat. Are bricks suitable for such a task?