Gary1 wrote:Over time I've come to realize that I'd like to have a stove on the first floor to play and putter around with. I love the antique stoves, especially the Glenwood Baseburners. Not much fun puttering around with a furnace in the basement. Also, power outages render the furnace useless, unless you have an auxiliary generator, but don't effect the stove.
I know the furnace option would provide heat evenly throughout each room on the first floor, and therefore makes more sense, but, hey, why let a little thing like logic and common sense stand in my way, right??? Just kidding.
I'd like to know what you'd recommend in the way of a furnace that could be tied into my first floor ductwork. As for a stove, I don't know how much coal I'd be burning since I have no experience with them. I believe in William's video of the Glenwood #6 he says that a 5 gallon pail of coal lasts 24 hours.
Because you have a good system now and wish to supplement that heat plus as you say putter around with something it makes perfect sense to install a good stove. Something nice to look at even when cold and there is no denying how satisfying the feel of radiant heat is. Running the blower manually from time to time should help to even out the heat if it does not make things too drafty. The family room is the spot. A bucket of coal is about 40 pounds so that or a bit more should not be too much of a chore and definitely help keep you in shape. You will also notice less oil burned. The second floor is its own zone and you might very well heat that first floor just with the stove. Not as evenly but with more comfort in the family room.
Selection of the stove should be something that feels good to you when you look at it. The Glenwoods you like would be fine with the 8 entailing more work but higher heat at the top end. I would favor the 6. For a better view of the fire you could consider going a bit older with one of the base burners surrounded with mica windows. Many of these still have the magazine feed which is a bit more convenient. For a little more efficiency I would favor something like the Crawford number 40 which William is getting(wsherrick). not quite as pretty though. Use the search function on this site for pictures.
I have not seen any hand fired coal furnaces that I like. I assume it would be tied in in the basement to existing ducts. I would rather have one of the stokers. You then lose all the romance of going back to those thrilling days of yesteryear but you would save on spats and a bowler hat.
You have not mentioned any money constraints plus or minus which can open possibilities or shut them down. Coal can save you money as fuel which is a nice justification but the chores involved should also be paid in the satisfaction many of us feel in tending that stove, feeling the heat and being free of reliance on a utility company.