Hi Earl and welcome to the forum! Your right the old stoves are easy to run and "everything is as it should be". I use two Glenwoods, the Modern oak 116 in my avatar (and middle of the house chimney) and a 208C range cook stove in the kitchen. They both heat my old house pretty well and as it should be.
The fact that you can run the furnace fan is pretty cool idea for those that had hot air. Helps to distribute the stove heat I bet.[/quote]
Turning on the furnace fan does make a big difference on some days. I don't always run it, but when it's really cold out, and since my stove is in the basement of a 2 story house, it does help the upstairs quite a lot. Plus, the stove does not have to burn as hot to get the air to circulate on its own. And I like that also. It's around 15 degrees here today and it burns up about 2 hods of coal a day and keeps the house ok. Not toasty by any means, but this stove is too small for that. When it's up into the 20's then it does a fine job. I work outside all day, so it's just fine for me. And I can always go downstairs and sit by it if I think I need to!