Hello all! I am a new home owner who is looking to add a wood stove to my (work-in-progress) man cave. I grew up with fireplaces, but I have basically no experience with wood stoves. As such, I have questions galore! I want to have something that resembles a fireplace, or at least has the fire as visible as possible. I'm not looking for something to heat the house, but it should at least keep the room warm. To answer everyone's first question, yes I have checked local regulations to the best of my ability, and there are not any "special" regulations prohibiting certain types of heaters. I am budgeting this as tightly as I can since I am building out the rest of the room as well. It was a mostly unfinished room in the basement that was used as a workshop by the previous owner. The wall behind the heater will either be brick (at the base of the existing chimney) or fieldstone. The floor is concrete, and will remain so aside from maybe paint or an area rug. On a side note, I also have a few questions about rehabbing and maintaining the existing fireplace/chimney in my new home. However, I will endeavor to direct those questions to the proper forum area. My first question is, of course, can I even put a wood stove in this area? The man cave is/will be in a basement which is not completely below ground level. I could potentially feed the exhaust into the existing chimney, however, the chimney itself is not up to code and needs to be re-tucked and needs a rebuilt firebox. That is not currently in my repair budget, and I'm not sure if I want to feed into it anyway. I could potentially vent the exhaust through a steel plate in a window. I'm not particularly worried about light, it is a cave after all. Also, there is another window which would provide adequate lighting. So, if I were to feed the stove pipe through the window, would I need it to fully extend all the way above the roof? Could I simply have it extend beyond the house and then vertically to a point? I'm only considering this because the amount of pipe required to extend above the roof by 2 feet would be considerable, in my amateur opinion. I have located a few stoves that look decent. However, the one that I like is, shall we say, less than decent. Also, I'm not sure if it is actually an insert, rather than a wood stove. I have attached a couple of photos. ... Yes, less than decent. Anyway, I kind of like that it is junky. I think that after I clean up a bit of the rust, it would look good in the room. I did go and have a look at it, and it seems to only have surface rust. It is difficult to see in the pictures, but there is a crack that runs front-to-back in the stone at about the middle of the unit. I don't know when it was made. The seller says the only identifying mark on the back says "Manufactured by Martin free standing fireplaces". So, if I were to buy this, could I actually use it or would it only be good for taking up space? Lastly, if this is not the unit for me, what would the community recommend as an affordable unit with a "fireplace feel"? Thanks in advance. Your input is most appreciated.