Looking to add a wood stove, currently have oil furnace and gas fireplace. House is ~1500 sq ft ranch. I want to put stove in the dining room which would be center of house. I was looking at the hearthstone castleton at a local shop, the reason was supposedly the type of heat, not melt your face off as the house isnt big and the stove is central to everything and it also supposedly uses less wood...less fill ups without relighting it. Im not set on the soap stone, it just seemed to fit the bill. I have all the wood i need, Im looking to just get as much free heat as i can and with the mess this world is really dont want to rely on oil if things go south. The price for total install would $9200, which i thought was ridiculous, the stove is $3500, $1200 for install so the rest is pipe and tax. My question is really, whats the difference between a $3500 and a $700 stove and Is the pipe really that expensive? i attached the quote. I know "you get what you pay for", but what exactly are you getting in a stove for that money compared to a cheaper one? Can anyone recommend anything else? Im in southern NJ. Thanks for any replies.