First of all, I want to say what a great forum this is! I've found so much good info here and I thank you all for your great posts.
I'm looking at several used wood stoves and am trying to decide which one to buy. Thought someone here might be able to guide me.
Consolidated DutchWest Sequoia #2160 - Made in 2001 in USA. Used very little, looks like new. Apparently this is actually a fireplace insert, but the previous owners burned it sitting it on their fireplace hearth. They said there are bolt holes on the bottom where legs can be attached, but I'm wondering if it is safe to burn an insert as a freestanding stove. The wall behind our current stove is stone/rock.
Waterford Trinity MKII - Irish stove
Osburn 2400 - From what I researched online, this seems like a great stove, but after reading some posts on this forum about the fire getting away easily, I'm a little leary of it.
Vermont Castings Defiant Encore Catalytic - approximately 7 yrs old (current owner bought it during a Y2K panic and used it only once or twice).
Our house is approximately 1400 sq.ft. We have our current woodburner (Earth Stove) installed in our family room in the basement. It will run you out of the family room and heats our entire upstairs with no problems. It's 25-30 yrs old, still in good shape, but we want a newer less messy model.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.