I finished about 85% of my basement (maybe 90%), and only left the oil hot water furnace area alone, this area also has some water treatment equipment. Anyways, the finished area might be about 650~700 sf. I have a 2-story colonial and the basement is under ground. My current pellet stove is on the 1st floor. I insulated the basement really well using foam boards (the pink panther one) against the concrete wall and then also use R13 insulation batts between the 2x4 studs. I did not run a 3rd zone to heat the space using the water based-boards, maybe a mistake....I don't want to do it now that the space is finished. Without heat the basement temp. this winter was about 55~57 degrees in average. I was thinking about a smaller pellet stove, like the Englander 25-PDVC, however looking at the wood stove the prices are very cheap but I've never owned a wood stove and hear there's more work. We don't use the basement much (perhaps due to the fact that there's no heat other than an electric room heater we used in Dec when we had people come over for Holidays). I'd like to hear your opinions, I can get a cheap wood stove but am worry about "haunting" free wood since I haven't done it before and don't have machinery. On the other hand I could buy cords pre-cut but is that a cheap option?