xandrew245x wrote:.... I do not have an entrance to my basement from the outside, I would have to carry it in the backdoor and straight down the stairs.
Where have I heard this before?? HOLY CRAP IT'S DONE!!! and no one got killed or maimed!!
As you can see, we have our stove in the basement. To tell you the truth from my perspective, your really not going to save all that much coal by having it upstairs. I burn 70 lbs. per day in the Mark III whether it;s cranked to 600° or barely lit at 200° - it still needs the same amount of coal at the same time every day. If I really crank it up, it needs it a couple hours sooner. That's the only real difference.
But our basement is basically a dungeon - it's wet, drafty, & dirty. There's so many air leaks coming in down there that the basement would barely be above ambient outside temps if the oil boiler wasn't there. Even still the stove heats it up to well into the 80's down there. The upstairs is a comfortable 70° even when in the mid 20's outside. We'd be in the poorhouse trying to maintain that temp on oil. The burner would never stop!
My parents used to have the woodstove in the basement for 30+ years until they switched to coal back in '05. The coal stove is there as well. They insulated the concrete basement walls, which made a huge difference in the upstairs temp. Basement is still hot any way you slice it, but it's nice having warm floors upstairs. Poor man's radiant system.