Well, I have narrowed my search for a single wood burning stove to the threebrands and models mentioned above. The wife put her foot down and is very "asthetic" oriented and asked me to "compromise" a little on performance for looks. While this makes absolutely no functional sense, I can still get similar performance (I hope) with the models mentioned above and keep her happy as well. The "runners up" were the Hearthstone "Mansfield" and the Quadrafire 5700. The reasons they are not in the top three is that the wife cannot take the looks of the quad 5700 "doublewide" as she calls it and I am not sure if the Mansfield will keep up with the volume of air space I have to heat due to its lower emited temperatures radiated through the soapstone. The Mansfield also clashes with the decor of the home even though its a beautiful stove. Once again, I am concerned with the Vermont Castings quality and don't want a "throw-away" stove. The Isle Royal by Quadrafire seems to have good reviews other than shorter burn times. The Jotul 600 firelight seems to have very poor reviews (on the cat version), but I am only interested in non cat as I will be burning primarily pine. Can anyone give me some insight on any of these models?; your experiences would be much appreciated. NOTE: We have a 25 foot (not 28 as previously mentioned) open vaulted ceiling in the great room.. 2100sf downstairs, 1500 in a VERY, VERY open loft upstairs with three ceiling fans for winter air circulation. We will be burning primarily pine at an elev of 7600 ft.