Hi all. I am in the process of replacing an older Pacific Energy unit that is in our kitchen area in Columbia County, NY (near Hudson, NY). I have settled on the ideal steel or an offering from Blaze King. The house is a log cabin build in 1992 that has a 1950sq. ft. basement, a 1950sq. ft first floor and a 384sq. ft. loft. The dining room at one end of the house has 8' ceilings, which opens up to the Kitchen/Dining Room that has 18' ceilings. That is connected to the Great Room/Game area which has 20-22' ceilings. There is then two bedrooms and a bathroom (walled in) and stairs up to a lofted master bedroom. I will attach a rudimentary diagram below. Each room has a Mitsubishi heat pump. I want to use the woodstove as a primary heat source when it is cold out. There are two wood burning stoves in the house now. Both are circled on the plans and pictures below. Both have a chimney height of at least 15' (one is 15' and one is more than 20'). The stove we want to replace is in the kitchen area. We have had some issues with it and its burn time is relatively short, but it is also the one we burn the most. It is on a semi-circular brick pad with a brick back. Behind the brick wall is cinderblock. The semi-circular brick pad has a 47" radius. So across the back it is 94" wide, but the pad only protrudes 47" at center, and as you move further, the pad is less distance from the back wall (with the arc of the circle). I am trying to determine what I might need to do to use the Ideal Steel there (if anything). I am going to hire a chimney person to come line the chimney and install the stove, but I want to ensure that I can use what I have instead of having to redo the whole pad. The other option would be to replace the stove in the great room. It is a currently a massive old Wehrle stove. I am not sure how old, but it is cast iron and really a piece to look at, but it doesn't move heat the way the pacific energy does when it is rolling and has the blower going. So interested in all of your thoughts on this. Also, I believe that there is cement board under the brick, but I am not sure. The chimney has its cleanout in the garage. Let me know your thoughts. I am leaning Ideal Steel as of now, and want to take advantage of the tax credit. A few things of note as well. The kitchen woodstove shares a chimney (not a flue) with the oil burner in the basement (not used anymore) and the great room has 3 flues in the chimney. One for the wood burner on the backside, one for the gas fireplace in the front and a separate flue to the basement (we have a propane stove there as it gets into the 40s in winter). Any of the stoves will need a new liner, so we are ready for that.