Hi! Just found this forum looking for info on pellet stoves that wasn't from manufacturers or stores, or from more than 5 years ago. A lot of good stuff on here! Here's the situation. Renovating an old smallish farmhouse in an area with a climate similar to a rainy N. California if such a thing exists. We will put a woodburning stove in the living room and are thinking of putting a pellet stove in the kitchen/dining (all one room). The upstairs has electric radiators but am hoping the warmth from the chimney going through the house will also help keep it warm. The question is about the pellet stove in the kitchen. It's a smallish space and would be situated 3 feet from where we sit. Is it annoyingly noisy if we like to sit there quietly reading with a cup of tea? And is it burning hot to the touch as it is quite near where people walk around? The pluses are the economy of running it and the ability to turn it on as we're getting to the house. I might note that I'm more and more aware that we are getting old (50 and 60) and do not want to have to do too much difficult daily maintenance. Cleaning out ashes is OK. We are in Europe so we'll be looking at European models. Thanks!!