Hi everyone. This is my first post but I've spend quite a few hours reading over the last week. I'm just looking for a bit of feedback and discussion surronding my impending stove purchase. I'm going to be getting wood stove installed in the next month or so. My home: I live in Southern Ontario, Canada (Just outside of St.Jacobs). My house is a bungalow built in the 50's 1200-1300 sq ft mainfloor. I have a gas furnace, but want a wood stove for backup (we often get ice storms that cause multiday power interruptions), and I enjoy burning wood (my parents have a wood stove at their place that I've enjoyed on occasion). I work from home a couple days a week so I'm around to feed the fire. My criteria are: -Flexible burn rate. I enjoy burning wood spring and fall at my parents but they often overheat their house. Would like a bit more flexibility on minimum fire rates. -Not huge, since our house is not large and I don't have a lot of extra square footage to dedicate to the stove. But I would appreciate a firebox large enough to hold wood for overnight burns, and longer logs. -Wife friendly. My wife is on board with the stove (she actually proposed it). But she won't like fiddling with controls to maintain temperatures or safe flue temperatures. -Locally available, I want to be able to have reliable warranty support should the need arise. -Long burns would be nice for a couple reasons. Avoid the process of rebuilding a fire from scratch in a cold stove (my wife likely wont do it), and avoid overheating the place. My shortlist: -Pacific Energy Alderlea T4 (I wish it had something like EBT2 that the T6 has). -Jotul F45 (Jotul seems high quality/reliable but doesn't seem to offer anything special). -Quadrafire Explorer 2 (hoping this has better lowfire control than the PE options). -Blaze King Ashford 20 (I've seen all the comments about getting the bigger 30, but am worried about the stove getting too large.) -no electronics, I want it to operate reliably without power Blaze King was not on my radar until I came to these forums. They almost seem too good to be true. I'm OK with replacing the catalyst ever couple years if it lives up to the hype. Do I need to consider a taller chimney or fully insulated chimney with the Blaze King to run reliably at low burn rates? I'm want to make sure I'm completely realistic about the downsides: Poorer fire view, less tolerant of high moisture, dirty window, replacement cat, maybe potentially for my wife to overfire and destroy cat? I haven't actually every seen a Blaze King, but have an appointment next week for an installer to come over and give me a quote. The min burn rates seem similar on paper to the Quad, but based on forum postings it seems like the Blaze King will outperform the Quadra Fire in everyway. Pacific Energy stoves seem like the Toyota's of the stove world. Very reliable, but maybe kind of boring. My parents and some of friends have a PE stoves, and they all seem to run kind hot even on low fire. I'm concerned that PE doesn't seem to publish a minimum burn rate (Quadra Fire and Blaze King do), I'm curious what EBT2 is on the T6 Alderlea, does it allow extra turn down? or it is basically marketing material? Quadra Fire Explorer I/II, I'm mostly interested in their lower burnrate capability and longer burntimes compared to PE. But am concerned that in reality it won't be any different than a PE stove, in which case I would rather buy a PE since they are cheaper and have the best rep for reliability/simplicity. It's unclear to me whether or not the Quadra Fire stoves have thermostatic control, or just automatically close the startup air after 20minutes. The Explorer II seems to have a lower minimum burn rate (11,200Btu/Hr) than the smaller Explorer I (12.100 Btu/hr) in the owners manuals. Jotul F45, nice cast over steel design, assuming it will run similar to a PE. Not really my top choice but seems like a solid wildcard option. Stoves I initially considered and then ruled out based on my research here: -Vermont Castings Encore (liked that it was pretty and a catalyst stove with thermostatic air control, but was turned off by the negative forum posts and expensive price). It's locally available by the same dealer that sells Pacific Energy, Quadra Fire and Harman. -Harman, the fire dome tech seems like something I would like, but too finicky for my wife to operate reliably. I was attracted to the long burn times. The stove will likely be installed in one corner of my living room which means that my chimney will be close to minimum length (probably around 15'). I suspect I may want to add a couple feet to maintain a good draft at low burn rates. I guess my biggest question is whether the Quadra Fire stoves will behave much differently than the Pacific Energy stoves in the real world in terms of burn times and low fire rates. Quadra at least makes some claims about 12hr burns on the Explorer II. I think it's mostly between the Blaze King and Quadra Fire at this point, but the Blaze King option will probably depend on my impression of the dealer once I meet them. Also, I'm wondering if a Blaze King is appropriate for me if I'm not burning 24/7 4 or 5 months a year. Another discussion point is do I have an accurate perception of PE burn times? and low fire rate? Perhaps the people I know with them are doing it wrong somehow. Maybe they're waiting too long to turn things down after starting?