Well, here goes. I've visited this forum off and on for many years. Now it seems there are a lot of options and some limitations. Just bought a house at 3200' elevation in the southern Appalachians. Had a clunky Drolet at 2100' before this, and managed to heat a 1200 SF house almost entirely with that. Hard to control, often too warm. This place is a 1000 sq ft log house with a 700 SF addition, and an added 800 SF sun room that has its own wood stove at the far end. There's a doorway and a window between the main living space and the sun room. The living room/kitchen has a vaulted ceiling and a massive stone fireplace. The opening is 33" high, 35" wide, and 29" deep. There's another 18" of hearth in front, which is 12" above the faux-wood floor. We looked into inserts and decided freestanding stove would be better. Also thinking cat is better than non-cat. Seems we need to rear-vent. Seems a rear heat shield with thermostat-controlled fan would push more heat into the living space. The local stove/sweep company sent two guys out to measure and assess the chimney, which needs work up top. They suggested the Jotul 3 or 400 (and the smaller would likely work for us), but they are non-cat. Both are with rear-vent and short-leg option. Reading much good about Woodstock; but do they have a blower? We like the idea of having heat should we lose power; and ability to cook on top of the stove is nice. Or at least have a pot of hot water for humidity and dish washing. Thanks in advance for advice and critique. I installed a Jotul in an earlier home but never got to use it. This time around, we are likely to pay to have it done.