Rob R. wrote:This is a single story house? For the simple purpose of backup heat, I would put a big hand-fed in the basement. It won't heat all the rooms evenly, but neither will a stove in the living room. Might as well have a warm basement and warm floors. If you want a stove in the living room for radiant heat and aesthetics, that is a different story...I am speaking purely about emergency heat.
My brother has a big Hitzer in the basement of his house. Basement is around 1600 sq. ft and so is the first floor...that stove will hold the first floor at 70 (average, some areas warmer, some cooler) in below zero weather, with just the basement stairwell for air exchange. He keeps a ton of nut coal on hand, so at any time he is one match away from having weeks of heat that doesn't require electricity.
Yes, it's a single story house with a finished walk out basement that is our family room. 1,680 square feet upstairs, and half of that downstairs for the family room, with the other half of the downstairs being our garage, a bathroom, a utility room, and our isolated boiler room. The bedrooms are mainly sitting over the garage area, with the exception of the one bedroom adjacent to the Living Room, which sits atop the boiler room.
There is a wood-burning fireplace insert downstairs tied to an outside brick and terracotta chimney, but it has been known to back-draft on occasion, so I'm leery of using that chimney for a coal stove. On my drawing this chimney and fireplace insert is positioned at the bottom centerline.