Rob R. wrote:24x40'...That is quite a room. How do you plan on heating it?
Radiant Floor primarily.
The rest of my house is radiant floor heat which I love, so I am converting this to radiant floor heat as well. Ultimately I plan to install a boiler in my mudroom and plumb the heat to my radiant floor system so that I have all the computer controls of the propane system, and the back up of propane as well. My propane system was initially plumbed and valved for supplemental heat so it is really easy to do.
We do plan on installing a hearth area in the corner of the living room in the far corner of the picture I posted above. We will build that out of field stone as this is Maine and I have plenty of rock and have built a lot of rockwalls in my life.This hand fired stove will give me the luxury of having either firewood or coal, which leads me to the great unknown...What do I use for a fuel for the Boiler in my mudroom?
In a way I would love a firewood/coal combination, but a combo unit is not all that efficient at burning either type of fuel. A coal only boiler would be great, but I do not own a coal mine and have to buy it...unlike firewood which I have hundreds of acres of. But with a hand fired stove in the corner of the room...an appliance that will keep the rooms warm and the radiant floor heat from coming on...I can burn firewood or coal in that to slake my burning-coal-fetish and the efficiency of having cheap fuel to warm my house.
I envision the boiler in my mud room to be my main heat, just because how comfortable radiant heat is. My father got a pellet/corn boiler for his 5280 square foot home and now that he got the kinks worked out, it is pumping out some great heat at half the cost of oil. It was only $4500 and very compact, perfect for what I would want in my mudroom. It already is capable of burning corn, and I think it would burn rice coal with a bit of modification, and you know me, I like to tinker with stoves. If I went that route it would give me four heating options throughout my home: propane, coal (rice and stove coal) firewood, corn and pellets. I am thinking at this point that having as many options as I can, would behoove me and allow me to take advantage of whatever was cheaper. So I am leaning heavily to the pellet boiler...I mean I am a farmer and already grow corn. I could easily dedicate the two acres it would require to grown the corn to heat my home if pellets or coal grew too high in price.
So I got some thinking to do...