Hi All, I've lurked awhile, now I decided I have to post. I have been a wood burner for the last 22 years of my adult life and as a kid my parents burned wood as well. Wood smoke is in my blood. I love the reduced cost (I cut my own wood), the great heat (especially compared to that of a heat pump), the reliability, and the smell. I make campfires in the summer just because I like wood fires. We are in the process of buying a new (to us) house (it was built in 2003). About 1800 sq feet single story, on a crawlspace. It has a heat pump, and a propane-fed gas fireplace in the living room installed into a "bump out" on the back outer wall of the house with a little metal vent box mounted about halfway up the bump out. I figured I'd just have someone yank that gas fireplace out, add a metal chimney, and I'd have a medium size wood stove installed - maybe something like a Drolet Escape 1800 pedestal stove -- we could see the flames for ambience and have wood heat too, great! Except when I showed the wife how far out the hearth would need to come out (projecting into the living room) about 49" out and 42" wide by my calculations if I used double wall pipe, she said "no go". The room is too small, it would take up too much space projecting out that far. I talked with a dealer today who said there is really no where else to put a wood stove in my house based on roof issues, etc. and he tried to talk me into a pellet stove (he seemed anti-wood despite also selling wood stoves) for $5000 installed (yikes). I don't want a darn pellet stove. Can anyone think of any options I might have ? Once we take possession of the house I will have a different dealer come in and have a look, but I was just wondering if the experts on here had any suggestions. Thanks for your consideration.