New member and first post, been reading a lot of reviews and visiting a few shops and have narrowed my choice between the VC Dauntless and the Hearthstone Shelburn. We’ll be converting our attached two car garage into a living/family room this spring. It is attached to a center hall colonial (1800 sq ft) and the only entrance into the new room will be a standard size doorway that will be open (no door). The woodstove will be on the opposite exterior wall from the rest of the house. We’ll be running a double wall pipe through the interior of the house through the roof. The pro’s on the VC are the top loading and dust cover, and the pros of the Shelburn is the soapstone which will retain heat for a longer period of time. As of now we will be installing a stand alone heating/av ductless unit in the new room, so I’d like to run the woodstove in the winter as the primary heat source. Anyone that can provide input good and bad on with models would be greatly appreciated, as I’m having a very tough time deciding between the two.