My little house is nearly finished and I'm trying to decide on a wood stove. The house is just less than 700 square feet and the stove will be my main heat source--additional heat is limited to ceramic space heaters. I'm in Alabama, so I'm facing generally mild winters. Since I live alone and work away from home during the day, I'm thinking that a small stove which heats up quickly may be more practical than one which holds heat well but takes a while to warm up. At night, I have a warm down comforter and am willing to get up to stoke the fire when necessary. Appearance is somewhat important and I greatly prefer the "old fashioned" look with legs to the more modern types. I like a warmer house rather than a cooler one. The Aspen by Vermont Castings caught my eye, but I've been unable to find more than a couple customer reviews on it. These reviews mention that it's difficult to keep the glass clean and that sometimes it doesn't draw well at first. (I wonder whether these are problems common to all small stoves.) The price is good (~$600 + stovepipe etc.). Do any of you have any suggestions, directions, or advice for me? Any particular small stoves that you recommend I consider? I've read all the threads I can find on wood stoves, but most of them deal with larger homes and larger stoves. Even the reviews on the Aspen mention it just being used for one great room instead of an entire small home. What is the difference (in performance) between a cast iron firebox and one with firebrick?