I'm new to the world of pellet stoves, thank you in advance for all the collective wisdom you have contributed to the forum - I've been soaking it in! But I am soliciting opinions and experiences for my situation: Setting: We recently bought a 1 bedroom 875sf fixer-upper cabin in the Tehachapi mountains in Southern California and it was in the 40s this past weekend (mid-June!) so the time is right to shop for my heat source! The cabin is decently insulated, has an open floor plan, and previously had a wood stove centrally located in the living area that was removed before the sale, so there is a chimney venting through the roof. Propane is expensive (natural gas not available), so pellets are what most people do. However, I'm not 100% committed to pellets over propane yet... We will occupy the cabin ~75% of the time (my husband commutes from there during the week, and we'll spend half our weekends up there). In reality, the climate is not too harsh - it's a pretty dry, high desert/mountain climate at 5600' and will snow a few times a year (without sticking much), and it gets windy. Winter lows in the 20s-30s, winter highs in the 40s-50s. But I'm a wimp who left Massachusetts 20+ years ago to come to LA and love the heat, so I don't tolerate cold well. This will be the only source of heat for our 875sf place. Priorities: Quiet operation: This is huge. I'm not a fan of having a fan blowing, and I'm a little worried about the "tink-tink-tink" of pellets falling. I know there's some degree of sound I will get accustomed to, but part of the magic of this place is how quiet of a setting it is - and we won't have TV etc. to drown out any noise. Also, this is so important that if there is truly no quiet pellet stove, we would still consider paying the premium to heat with propane... Smart/programmable thermostat: It would be great to have the smart phone feature to heat it after a weekend where we haven't been there. User-friendly/low maintenance: probably means ease of cleanout and hopper capacity. Aesthetics: it's a rustic little place, so I like the classic cast iron look. I'd love fake logs, if that's an option. However, if I have to consider something like an Italian modernist design to get the quiet I want, I will consider that. Price is not a concern - I really just want to get the quietest stove with the best match to my other priorities. Did I mention I really want the most silent pellet stove out there? Options I've identified: Harmon Absolute 43 - "quietest in its class" - but the cynic in me wonders how this is "class" is defined, and wonders whether I can get "quietest" without such a vague qualifier, or how quiet I can get going to a different "class" ... Available locally, though dealer/installer says neither this stove nor any of their other stoves has a wifi/smart phone option... seems to conflict with some things I've read on here. Quadrafire XXV - Also available locally. MCZ Deco - Seems hard to find and small capacity hopper - wondering if it's really even an option Are there perfect matches that I'm missing? Are there venting or other installation considerations that can optimize quiet stove operation that I should plan for? Anything I'm not thinking of? Thank you so much for your help with these questions!