In addition to the benefit of heat circulation...and smoke if you are not careful, to a ceiling vent above the stove is that it makes handling the stove so much easier. We are re-modeling the house and the old stone chimney/liner has to come out & down. I removed the two ceiling and floor air registers, put an oak block across the opening upstairs with a short chain. A couple nylon slings carefully positioned on the Encore so as not to damage the ash pan and I was able to pick the stove with a come along safely to a height where I could drop it and strap it onto a wheeled dolly. Safe and secure, so far. Now all I have to do is get it into the storage container. I have a small Kubota tractor with a backhoe so I'll pick it with the hoe and drive it over to the container. An enterprising stove owner will tell his wife that he needs a small tractor with appropriate implements for the wood stove. My very real problem now is to find a new location for the stove as the entire center of the house is opening up. Not sure where it is going to go.