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I have a Bi level home with a very typical floor plan. You walk in the front door and go up 1/2 set of steps. To the left is an open floor plan, kitchen, living room and dining room. It's all very open. No Walls. To the right is a hallway with bedrooms and bath. My chimney is outside on the left side of the house, and my coal shaker is downstairs hooked up to it, in a room that's the same size as all the open space upstairs, direcly underneath it.
My stove heats downstairs very well, actually too well. If I installed some venting above my stove downstairs and let some of that warm air rise, would it work? The stairs are open, would be across the room from the vents, and as you descend them it gets cold until you hit the downstairs. There is one door downstairs separating the big finished stove room from the unfinished half of the basement. (the garage)
So would this create a good air circuit for half of my house? From the stove downstairs, through the vents above it, upstairs ,across the upstairs room and then falling down the steps as it cools to be heated by the stove again.
Sorry I'm not an HVAC expert and I hope I got some sort of idea across. I just wanted to know if anyone out there w a bi-level home has already experimented with this idea and how it worked out for you.