I have one of those girly guy stoves and love it. If I ever want a real mans stove I'll have to go visit FF
When I wanted to switch to coal from wood the wife really wanted no part of a "regular" coal stove due to all of the "fun" she had with them as a kid. Showed her all the neat stuff I learned from here ( I lurked for a year) and she agreed to a stoker, even tho it is still referred to as my project. We did the power vent as we really had no other options. I can honestly say that if I did it over, I wouldn't change a thing. Feed it-dump it, doesn't get much easier.
We for the most part have great luck as far as the electric goes, I've has to bring a generator home a couple of times for a day or two. Not a big problem at this point in life, if I didn't get to borrow them at n/c, I would buy one to have it there for those times.