Originally Posted by MichaelK
I have both. I'm sorry to say that you're NOT going to find a do-it-all woodstove that's perfect for both heating and cooking. That's why I have two.
It's sort of asking for a truck that drives like a luxury car, or asking for a luxury car that hauls like a truck.
A cookstove is designed to release a lot of heat in a concentrated area (stovetop) in a relatively short amount of time. They are NOT designed to long, slow overnight burns. Heating stoves are designed with substantial air controls so you can expertly control the burn time for slow overnight heating.
I think though that you'll be served mostly with stove with a flat top like this one.
You may put a teakettle or frying pan on top, though it won't be able to bake. Stoves like this can be found on Craigslist for 300-400$.
You need to be aware the chimney for your stove is going to cost much more than the stove itself. At my cabin, my stoves cost 325$ and 500$ respectively, but their chimney's cost ~900$ (self-installed to code). Have a carpenter install it, and have it inspected, and it will cost thousands for the chimney.
Do NOT trivialize the chimney. A safe, triple-wall pipe chimney is expensive, and people here are constantly complaining about how their ill-advised installs are poorly performing. You need continuous triple-wall pipe as soon as you pass though anything made out of wood, such as your ceiling, or the second floor. Your best performing option is to position your stove such that it's vertical straight run to the roof without any bends/elbows whatsoever, while minimizing the length of triple-wall pipe. The triple-wall pipe then needs to continue on the outside till you reach the raincap. That's so the hot exhaust gases don't cool to the point that creosote condenses on the inside walls.
Good advice, with one update regarding the chimney: "triple wall" is old school, (and most actual "triple wall" runs too cool and gets dirtier faster than the new stuff) since superseded by "103 HT All Fuel Chimney". The best currently sold in the US is Excel brand, which is stainless double wall solid pack insulated, and meets the Canadian requirement to withstand a 30 minute chimney fire with no damage. All the other brands I know of, even though they are all made in Canada, only meet the lesser US standard of withstanding a 10 minute chimney fire. The price difference is about 10%. Well worth it in my estimation. I used Excel professionally for 15 years or so, and never had one problem with fit, finish, installation, or performance. In any case, follow the manufacturer's instructions to the letter, and if you are concerned about insurance issues, get all the answers in writing from your insurance company before you move ahead.
MichaelK is right about optimal cooking vs. heating, but most heating stoves will serve for cooking if they have a large enough flat top, especially with cast iron cookware. The main drawback of cookstoves for heating is the small firebox, which shortens burn time.
Wood heat is wonderful, and with a first class layout & install it will be a source of comfort and satisfaction for generations to come...