Loco627 wrote:.... I don't have the space for it upstairs and was trying to avoid running a new chimney. The basement is mostly unfinished and I would think I'm going to lose a lot of heat wicking through the cinder block walls. If that is not the case, I'd actually prefer a stove that would run without electric.
You will lose heat through the concrete floor and block walls, you could put a heat shield on the floor and closest wall if you wish to help but it's been my limited experience that it is not necessary, My house is 73* during the coldest part of the winter with the stove humming along at about 2/3 on the bimeteal stat. It's is very nice to have a non electric hand fired when the power goes out, as it does frequently where I live.
One thing you said was that you wanted to avoid building a new chimney. That is not possible in my area, and most places as I understand, I have to have one flue per unit, no sharing of chimneys.