I’m new to forums and wood burning and looking for advice from you. We bought an estate built in 1930 with many updates along the way. Our biggest issue is the fireplace. The fireplace is less than 30 years old and I’ve had it checked and cleaned. It was hardly used and in great shape. During the past winter we attempting to use it but resulted in smoky room and heat lost from our radiant oil heat. I think the house has ok insulation and with the Reno’s I’ve done, the insulation have gotten even better. On my second attempt to lighting the fire, my wood delivery guy offered to help me with the fire due to me telling him my issues. (All my new wood from 40 cut trees are unseasoned) We lite the fire and with his experience got a well balanced airflow and no smoke. Our biggest issue we all noticed was our heat lost during the fire. We have 1000sq feet open living, dining & kitchen area. Fireplace in 2ft drop living room. The fireplace is so large with double chimney and baffle that you can actually feel air coming towards the fireplace once you open the baffles. The opening is 52” tall by 72” wide. I’m in Trumbull CT with 7 months of chilly to cold temps. We are not looking to use wood as our main source of heat but we spend most of our time in area and would like to prevent heat loss, use space more comfortable and utilizing 5 years worth of cut logs. At first we were interested in the 2021 biomass tax credit qualifying units but after visiting 4 hearth stores we are even more undecided. We are aware we have to reduce the size of the opening and will do so with masonry work, seal and cancel one chimney. Our help needed is to decide which wood insert to purchase. We would like a very big one but need it to push good heat. We do not like free standing stoves especially the wife. We have visited our friends with them and have decided too dangerous for our active family and lifestyle. As of now our last 2 visits we’re about the biggest Blaze King insert and Regency CI2700. Currently we do not mind the unit sticking out a few inches onto the hearth if it’s worth it. Our budget is not an issue. I’d really appreciate the feedback and opinion. Please bare with me as I learn this process. Moisture meter ordered. Thank you.