Rob, thanks for the welcome. Yes, would love to be using that EFM now! Actually, we are using an electric heat pump water heater for our dhw, which was installed before I got the Alaska. Our original intention was to install a geo-thermal heating/cooling system, as my father-in-law does the drilling for these systems. We have no existing ductwork, so the initial investment still would have been 25k, and we could not justify the investment, not knowing how long we will live here. To answer how well the Alaska heated the home last heating season?--I would say just ok. Here's what happened. The coal stoker was basically an impulse purchase. There was not much prior research except that I knew guys I worked with who had Alaska Stoves and liked them. Nothing against Alaska, I just wished I had found this forum and spent some more time reading before I purchased. It was December, it was cold, and I was desperate. I may have needed a higher btu stove. Mine is 85k. In the dead of last winter, I ran my stove maximum burn and was easily achieving 80* in the basement, but struggled to maintain 68* on first floor, and 60* on 2nd floor. I ripped through 5.5 tons of coal from Dec 21 to approx. mid April. I have a fairly large 2000 sq ft (not counting basement or walk up attic) 2 story home built in 1925 with no insulation except the attic and 20 year old crappy vinyl replacement windows. I have the distribution air ducted to two registers on first floor and 2 other gravity registers on first floor. Also have an open basement stairway and open stairway to 2nd floor. I quickly realized that our house needed some serious insulation and sealing. We spent the spring and summer doing major upgrades in this area. We had all exterior walls injected with spray foam insulation as well as more insulation added to the attic. We did have deteriorating asbestos siding and installed new vinyl siding with insulating radiant barrier house wrap. We also did triple pane, low E, gas filled replacement windows on first floor. We also needed some a/c upstairs over the summer, so we installed a Fujitsu mini split ductless heat pump which heats and cools the 2nd floor. This system cooled the whole 2nd floor and is now heating the 2nd floor with little effect on our electric bill--a truly amazing system that we are happy with so far. I fired up the Alaska a week ago, and have it anywhere from an idle to minimum burn with the basement at 68* and first floor easily at 72* We think we feel a major difference, but too early to tell. We are getting cold nights, but the days are fairly warm yet. Can't wait to see what happens when the real cold sets in. In the mean time, I plan to soak up as much as I can and maximize the efficiency of my setup by reading this forum. Thanks again Rob!