Hello all, I'm new to the forum, but have been reading a lot and visited a couple of local dealers. I'm even more uncertain now than when I started. My wife and I are building a small cabin in Eastern TN (valley area) and plan to put in a wood stove for main heat, but will have a heat pump for backup heat. This will be a weekend home mostly and my wife and kids are likely to use it more than me. We had a VC stove about 15 years ago and really liked its top load feature. I'm more than a little concerned with getting another VC based on everything I've read and being told, so we are looking at the jotul, Lopi, and quadra fire top loads. Two different dealers have recommended 1 or more of these stoves. The cabin is a little over 1400 sq ft with the stove being placed in the living room, which is open to the kitchen and is vaulted to about 16 feet. It has a staircase and loft adjoining as well. The open area is about 26 by 15 with the remainder of the cabin in 3 bedrooms and bath. I'm concerned the stoves recommended will be to much for this size and climate. The F50, isle royals, and the Leyden. Also, which of these, if any, will be easiest for my wife to operate. Thanks for all your help..