Before you buy, check out a Keystoker Koker for the following reasons:
1) Probably your biggest bang for your BTU buck. The Keystoker Koker (not so pretty) and Keystoker 105 (pretty) are close to the same price... Since you plan to locate the stove/furnace in your basement---looking pretty isn't your first concern...
2) All electrical controls/motors are "industrial strength" and run quiet.
3) Minimalist approach to the electronics controlling the unit---enhancing long term reliability.
4) You have an exhaust flue---although direct vent is available for the Koker.
5) Cranks out 160K BTUs---the stoker mechanism can be easily throttled back as necessary to generate less heat.
6) Stoker operates off a thermostat---programmable thermostats really make this a slick setup.
7) Convection fan (1529 CFM) operates off a thermostat too---the convection fan only runs when necessary, conserving electricity, and doesn't blow cool air.
8) The convection fan output can be piped into existing ductwork; or, you can simply blast heat into your basement. NOTE: There are several options here. I'd be happy to elaborate; but, I don't know your plan...
9) Full 240 pound (6 bag) hopper.
10) Combusion fan runs continuously, keeping a nice low maintenance fire, and burns coal to a fine ash.
11) Stainless steel hot water coil is available too.
12) And most importantly---burning coal gives you the opportunity to "stick it to the man."