After lots of help from this forum I purchased a Kuma Sequoia freestanding stove last year. I went to the factory in Rathdrum, ID. Very nice/knowledgeable staff. Showroom had all the stoves out on display. I chose Sequoia because it was large, recommended by the Chimney specialist and catalytic for efficiency. I punched a thimble in the fireplace and dropped a liner (insulated double wall UL1777) and hooked up. The stove has easy to understand instructions and the Kuma factory was always available for questions. The stove make heat like you cannot believe. My wife cooked every meal on the stove top to include chicken/steaks/boiled pasta/baked cookies too. the way the stove pulls are from the bottom and vents it out the top is amazing and VERY hot. What a performer to say the least. I use the thermometer to monitor temps in order to protect the cat and haven't had any problems. I burn dried woods to it is real clean and the chimney specialist was impressed with how clean the liner was after 1 year, but I use premium wood to burn. I wanted another Sequoia for the downstairs but the specialist says it is way too big and I have a 35' chimney so the Wood Classic by Kuma will be installed. I was really torn between Hearethstone, Jotul, and Kuma but I am very pleased with Kuma and will stay with their product.