nuthcuntrynut wrote:Now I need a chimney, and am looking at the direct vent hard???
You mean the power vent? There is a difference between power vent and direct vent. A direct vent produces positive pressure inside the stove forcing gases out of the flue. A power vent uses negative pressure and draws them out and I'm pretty sure that is the only option on the LL.
The power vent is cheaper to start but for the long haul a clay lined chimney is the clear winner. The power vent needs to be cleaned yearly, it's going to have a limited lifetime which is going to vary, you're going to use about $20 to $40 in electric each month depending on your rates and you're venting the gas at ground level. Anthracite coal gas is not terrible but I wouldn't but it's not pleasant either.
A clay lined chimney is more expensive up front but it's a one shot deal so long term it will be cheaper, used with coal it's going to last as long as you need it to last. Maintenance is minimal as in looking up it once a year to make sure there is no obstructions, you might consider running a brush up and down every few years but I don't even bother... Of course the flue gas is also venting higher, you might smell it occasionally on humid and warm mornings. There is really no cons other than costing more at the start.