This is my first post and couldn't resist giving some input. First let me say I wish I would have found this forum sooner! Good info and people on here!! Next the stove.. I am a little bias because I am new to the wood burner scene, I am 28 years old and bought my first/older house 3 years ago. My house had a masonry fireplace that looked to have not been used much in many years. My dad has a large Aurora stove and he loves it and has had zero complaints. I am a huge believer in buying everything I can manufactured in America, and when it came to a stove it was no different!! It is sad that it is now difficult to find a stove that is made in the US, there are a few and I had a local dealer that sells Kuma stoves. Did some reading and called them also, it's a small family owned company and I was impressed with their products. Anyway I ended up with the Kuma Ashwood insert which can be used freestanding also. The stove comes with a great warranty too, lifetime on firebox. I don't work for them or anything just thought I would give my input and try and sway another sale towards keeping cash in our country! Check out Kumastoves.com I did a little reading on this fourm and there isn't a ton on info but all the info I see is good info. Good luck in your search and congrats on the new home!