Have spent a great deal of time on this informative forum and sometimes the more you read about the options available the more confused you get. Our situation is this: We have been using the Hearthstone Woodstove 1 for 30+ years and it has reached the end of its useful life. We have a raised ranch 1800sqft home, the woodstove is in the basement with 20+ feet of 8” stainless steel flue inside cement blocks to the top their are two 90 degree bends one at top of stove and the other when it goes into the cement block chimney. I love the stove in the basement as it heats our floors nicely and we have plenty of space around the wood stove. I also like the load from the side ability as opening and closing the front doors on the Hearthstone 1 can have issues. In our area (Southwest New York snow belt) we have dealers in Hearthstone, Lopi, Regency, VC, Buck and probably some others I missed. No dealers in BlazeKing though. We typically fill the Hearthstone in the evening 4.3cuft box and again in the morning, it keeps the house pretty warm throughout but we are approaching retirement in a couple years and the 8+ face cord as you get older 60ish you look for something more efficient. Have considered the Heritage, Green Mountain 60, VC Encore (but after reading threads I don’t think so), Lopi. Am intrigued by the Woodstock brands they are very rich looking. I think of entering the catalytic as it gives us the long burn times but am stumped between Cast, steel or stay with the Soapstone. Any advice would be welcomed as we continue doing our research to find the last woodstove we will purchase in our lifetime. We also have a propane baseboard we use in the shoulder months to take the nip off. I like the 4 leg options on a woodstove and would want one with a fan as the woodstove sits in the NW corner of basement. Let me know if I left out any critical information.