recommendations for freestanding gas stove
Background-we live in Seattle area, in a split level house, no door in stairway from downstairs to upstairs. Temperature downstairs is up to 10 degrees colder in fall/winter/spring, so is uncomfortably cold, often below 62 degrees. We currently have a freestanding fireplace which doesn't produce any heat no matter which type of wood log we use. We have a natural gas heater. Downstairs is less than 500 sq ft, but expect that heat will rise through the stairway, which is ok. Power outages are not uncommon, and we don't have a generator for the furnace fan, so using the stove for heat during outages is vital.
We are getting quotes from local sellers of free standing gas stoves. One has suggested the Jotul Allagash DV, heating area of 700-1300 sq ft. Is this overkill for us?
I understand Jotul is known for quality. What about Napolean, Heat&Glo, Vermont Castings? We like the Jotul style.
The removal of the old fireplace will be the first step in our remodel of the downstairs to make it more functional.
What options/features should we consider?