I’ve been reading these forums for the past 5 years but this is my first post. For the past 5 years I have been heating my house with a 30 year old Timberline insert. My chimney has degraded to the point where it needs to be lined and there isn’t enough room to hook up the liner to the thimble on the Timberline so its time to upgrade to a more efficient stove. First a little bit about my house. It’s an old two story farm house with approximately 1500 square feet of living space, located in south central Michigan (Battle Creek area). The exterior was remodeled last year and the house was insulated with a combination of sprayed in urethane foam and fiberglass insulation. Most of the windows were replaced with double pain high efficient windows with the exception of one large picture window downstairs and another upstairs. The house is not an open floor plan. The masonry fireplace is located on the west wall of the house in the living/dinning room, which is approximately 470 square feet. The Chimney is 24 feet tall. There is a doorway to the kitchen which is on the east side of the house (along with a full bath). There is a staircase on south side of the house that leads to three bedrooms upstairs. There are two smaller bedrooms over the living room on the west side and the larger master bedroom and bath on the east side above the kitchen. My goal is to burn 24/7 and use the wood stove for as much of my heating as possible. Long burn times and a large firebox are important…but I don’t want to cook myself out of the living room, which is the main living area where we spend most of our time when home. I initially planned on an insert and settled on the Jotul 550 Rockland. I considered the Blaze King Princess Insert but I will admit that it wasn’t attractive enough for me once I got to see it. The hearth/fireplace is the focal point of the room and a good looking insert was important to satisfy both me and the significant other. I also considered the Fireplace Xtraordinaire. I couldn’t seem to pull the trigger on the Rockland and decided I would rather go the hearth stove route. Because I’m dealing with a masonry fireplace, I have some space limitations. The opening is 41” wide, 28” high to the lintel (and the lintel is doubled up with two steel plates that are 13” deep in total) and the hearth itself is 16” deep. The fireplace is 34” deep inside, so that’s not an issue no matter which route I plan to take. I narrowed my selection down to two stoves: Quadra-Fire Cumberland Gap and Jotul F500 Oslo. I have read literally every thread on the forum that pertains to either stove. This is a large investment for me and I want to make the right decision. The two stoves seem to be very comparable in performance and quality. The Cumberland Gap, with the short leg kit, will fit with an inch and a half to spare on top. Set out onto the hearth, where the ash lip is flush with the front of the hearth, a majority of the stove will be outside the masonry fireplace opening. Unfortunately, I will be about an inch short of being able to use the side door on the stove. I like that the CG has two front doors and it’s a sharp looking stove. One of the local fireplace shops has a great deal on their floor model - $1845 with a $100 off Quadra Fire coupon. I’d need to order the short leg kit, though. The other stove I am considering, and the one that I am leaning towards quite frankly, is the Jotul F500 Oslo. The Oslo, with the short leg kit, will have 2” of clearance on top and is just a little shorter depth than the Cumberland Gap. Based on my measurements, I believe I will still be able to use the side door on the Oslo in my application. That’s a huge plus and probably what has me leaning towards that stove. The Oslo construction seems to be a little more substantial than the CG…but it weighs less even with the slightly bigger firebox. It takes a little longer log, too, which is a plus, since I have 3 years worth of seasoned wood, much of which is 21-22” long (cut for my big Timberline) and the CG may not be able to handle the extra inch or two on half of my wood. The Oslo is considerably more expensive than the Cumberland Gap at $2400 with the optional short leg kit. Performance wise, the CG and Oslo seem very comparable. Would you guys concur? I don’t expect anyone to make the decision for me. There are a lot of factors to consider. I just don’t want to have any regret on my stove purchase once its all said and done. I want to do this right the first time. Any thoughts, ideas, input or recommendations would be much appreciated. I’ve attached a couple pics of the hearth as it stands right now for reference (and one with the old Timberline so you can see why I needed to get that thing out of there, that was a dangerous installation).