I almost hijacked a thread, i decied to post it in a new topic instead. I wonder how well the soapstone stoves by scan hold heat. Like the KOJO for expample. You have a woodburning insert sitting in a soapstone shell. There is a air space between the forebox and the stone for convection, and you also have a schmoll lining in the insert, ( a very reflective vermiculite type of firebrick). SO the heat has to penetrate the schmoll, then the airspace, then get into the stone. Not to mention that all those tall stoves are designed as convection heaters. My scan rep back in the day once told me that the soapstone on most euro heaters is decrative, and that you have to have a direct contact appliance like tulikivi of hearthstone to realy have a true masonry heater. Im not shure if i belive him, but it almost makes sense. Any one agree or disagree?