And while I agree that anything is worth a try to save on the heat bills, I still want to make certain that the investment in the stove/power vent/coal ($5000+/-) makes a substantial difference in my propane use. My fear was that I would buy the equipment and notice very little improvement, however, based on the comments/suggestions I have received out here I think it will help a lot. Now I just need to get off my dead ass, buy the Hyfire II and install it before the snow starts, which around here could be any day now.
Coal heat, IMO, feels
different. It's much more comfortable. Besides, the Hyfire II will always have a constant burn so you don't lose precious BTU's as does a re-start of a propane furnace.
If you're going to locate the Hyfire on the main, living floor, then I'd say it would work just fine. That monster is going to radiate wonderfully.
The BEST part of all this is when your propane supplier is wondering why you haven't ordered anymore and you tell them why. It's an awesome feeling when you can have independence from the propane juggernaut.
BTW, that's a gorgeous house!