Morning Coldhouse! Any stove you choose will keep you warm, but the care and operation will differ greatly. Once mastered, the art of running a hand-fed stove will be a warm thought every day, however if the lady in the house is not comfortable with it, ........you are SOL. A Stoker stove is a no-brainer and extremely reliable and virtually anyone can run it. I'd be looking for 90 to 110 K of output, and a side hopper would be nice for a stoker. The flue hole can be cut with a hand rotary drill if you are skilled, however if you use a low discharge unit and vent into the chimney. that eliminates that cost and appearance issue. Check your PM,s for additional ideas. PS: Nice weather for the next couple weeks, so don't panic for any reason!
I just saw the 'liner required' post, so that makes the use of the damper location the solution. Short money......but I'd check into the regs yourself. You can't be sure if that statement is from the Horses mouth, or.......the other end. Ever here: If you want it done right, better do it yourself?????