Whether the NC-30 is a good choice for you depends on a lot of variables. How big is your home? How well insulated? What are the outside temps you are seeing in the winter? Do you want to be able to heat solely with wood or is the stove meant as supplement? Where will the stove be located? Do you have access to (dry) wood? Maybe open a new thread and you will get plenty of suggestions/opinions.Thanks charlie2 for the reply. I'm also a newbie been burning for 2 mos. don't know why I didn't start sooner. Like to get a cat stove but their a little pricey and want to make sure a newer stove will hear as we'll as my old one does before I spend the cash.