heatwithcoal wrote:Nice job..What square footage are you heating with it? It looks like you have a newly finished basement? I like the natural baseboard and window trim.
House is about 2800 sq.ft. - 3 bedrooms upstairs (two story) and fully finished basement (bedroom, full bath, and 'media' room). Not a real big house, about 6 years old, we've owned it for almost 3.
We fell in love with the natural trim color (it's a medium maple color) with matching kitchen cabinets, etc. But the clear finish over the stain really is poor - if you ding it, it just fractures and turns white, so the trim looks a lot older than it is already. I don't know if it was some water based poly or what, but the only thing that repairs the finish temporarily is Formby's Tung Oil Finish.
The idea is to run the stove as supplementary heat and just to have a stove. I grew up with stoves, and just always like to have one around. Our main heat is a 90% natural gas furnace, and our gas is pretty cheap here, so the coal really doesn't pay for itself, but it's nice to have anyway. Doesn't take a lot to heat this place, either, except for those zero degree days with the wind howling. Then the gas furnace really has to hump it to keep up.