BeerMonley wrote:i had it on a pillar about 9' from the stove facing away from it but it gets to warm
Too warm for what? No matter what, the closer to the stove the warmer it's going to be, especially if the ducts are not working to disperse the heat. A good point was made to put the thermostat upstairs where you want the best control, but, if you have poor circulation and put it in the living room it may be even warmer in the basement..... or if the circulation is poor, the stove might run flat out full speed ahead making the basement way too hot, and never get the living room to the desired temp. It's important to not only give the heat a path, but also, perhaps even more important, the returning cold air needs a path back to the stove.