So here's the situation, we are living FT at or BOL. We have been heating with a wood stove that is located in our walkout basement. I had the chimney guy come out today to clean and ensure the setup was okay. Unfortunately, he had some bad news. The space where the wood stove is located is too small.....or the stove is too big. The area is about 49"x49". Most regs state there should be about 36" clearance on the sides and back of the stove. This can be reduced by about 33% by installing fireboard, which I did last fall. Unfortunately, there is still not enough clearance. The way the chimney is setup and type of chimney is incorrect as well (I kinda thought so). So, he says we need a smaller wood stove....Okay, I look and see that even with the tiny wood stoves I will not have enough clearance. There is no other place to put a wood stove and expanding the downstairs outward is not feasable. The only option I see is a pellet stove. From what I read, they require significantly less clearance and run on electricity where the hopper feeds the stove, reducing the constant stoking of the fire. BUT, if you have a power outage you are screwed. But, we are getting a generator so we are not so screwed. Then, in a shtf situation there may not be pellets....screwed again. Not sure what to do. If we can manage to get a standard wood stove, we have enough wood on our land to keeps us warm for over a decade. Any thoughts out there?