I bought a house this summer on about 14 acres that has a electric heat pump as the main source of heat, a non-vented aesthetic propane heater, and no wood or other heat option. I want to add heat from wood into the house. I just ordered parts for a 6" chimney flue which is insulated Class A and it will be through the wall of my walk out basement and then up 28 feet with one pair of 15 degree elbows for the eave. The walk out basement is about 1356 sq feet with the same living space above it on the main level. The basement ceiling is unfinished and it is just subfloor and a wood laminate type flooring so thus no insulation. There is a cathedral ceiling A frame style above half of the house and then a second floor of 680 square feet has a hallway that opens up to the open air space. So any heat on the main level will easily rise and heat the two bedrooms upstairs. It appears well insulated with 2x6 exterior wall construction although the 12" block wall in the basement is not insulated. The stairway up from the basement is centered in the middle of the main level so if that door was open, then heat could flow up the stairway. I was wondering about any recommendations for a stand alone wood stove that might heat the basement area which we use as a den as well as provide radiant heat through the uninsulated floor to the finished areas above. I have heard people talk about the Englander NC30 as being good and a great value but I am not sure which direction to go. It need not be pretty, just put out good heat as I have a lot of area to heat. Thank you for any thoughts toward great wood stoves you would recommend.