Well, the Jotul 550 finally was installed today and I am very happy how it went. We got the 550 with the brown mahogany enamel surround. I must say it looks sweet. The installer was very happy I purchased the liner insulation kit...said it was overkill, but the right thing to do. He said he has been doing ALOT of Jotul 550 installs this season. The install went smooth...no issues. The building inspector came in, said nice stove, signed the permit and left (what could he inspect anyway on an insert??? Nice to know my taxes will be paying his pension for the next 30 years). Below are some pics. Here is the before photo of the fireplace The 550 waiting to be installed....Even the dog has fallen in love with it and wants to be close to it... Here she is installed, what a nice looking little lady.. Here she is fired up for the first time...my baby broke her cherry I am currently breaking her in with a small fire. Little bit of an odor, not much, but that is to be expected with the burnoff. Blower just kicked on....good stuff. Cost Breakdown: Jotul 550 Rockland in brown-mahogany with cast iron surround - $2999 (+$400 discounted) Stainless Steel Liner (30 ft.) - $512 Liner Insulation kit - $360 Delivery - $119 Tax - $270 Installation - $510 Permit and inspection from town - $70 Centech Wood Moisture Meter - $13 (Harbor Freight) - works on my 2 year old firewood very well Ash Bucket - $50 (Amazon) Kintrex IRT0421 Non-Contact Infrared Laser Thermometer - $47 (Amazon) Rutland Metal Magnetic Wood Stove Thermometer - $15 (EBay) Total Costs - $4965 (minus up to $1500 tax credit from Uncle Sam..on $4965 that is a $1489 rebate, but I might get some stonework done for some finish work around the install) Since we are getting 30% back I splurged for the upgraded enamel finish and liner insulation kit. Purchase: I bought the stove from Preston Trading Post in Preston, CT (near the Rhode Island border).....I highly recommend them. Install: The installer was Joe Briggs of Briggs Family Fireplace (www.briggsfamilyfireplace.com / 401-524-8116) I highly recommend him as he was on time, on budget, took care of the stove during the install as the enamel finish chips easily. Offered some tips and was very friendly. He and his worker did alot of work outside (23 degrees today here in Rhode Island) getting the insulation kit onto the liner with the glue, tape and mesh...then worked on the 30 foot fireplace without any complaints. Thanks to everyone for all the great advice. This board is a fantastic resource and the community is very friendly and helpful.