I found this forum about a week ago and it is great. I am new to pellet stoves and I have a few questions regarding stove selection and location. I have acquired most of my information from a friend who has a pellet stove and through this website. · I am interested in an auto feed pellet stove for my 1900 square foot side hall colonial. I plan on direct venting the stove as there is no fireplace or free chimney. My research so far has led me to the Lopi Leyden. I like the Quadrafire Mount Vernon but I want a remote not a wall thermostat. I am also concerned that the Quadrefire is oversized for my house as they state a capacity of 2400 to 3800 square feet. I am just worrying about nothing? Are there any other stoves I should be considering? · The most convenient place for install is on the back wall of bonus room behind the attached garage. I should note the stairwell is on that side of the house. I realize it is not the optimal location but I am wondering if this location will allow full or only partial heat the upstairs? · Do most people make their own hearths with slate, ceramic tile, or something else? I did find the questions/answer about how to build which is very helpful. Thank you!