I recently bought a property with a 1920's stone cottage, currently unheated, and a friend recommended I consider coal. I've never used coal and am looking for suggestions. There's a coal supplier 10 miles away, and plenty of space in the basement to store it. Here a description of the property:
* Stone exterior, slate roof
* 750 sq feet on first floor, cathedral ceilings, wood fireplace, 250 sq feet on second fl. Lots of windows and no insulation anywhere.
* Full walk-in basement. 2 separate flue's in basement (One is plugged up... looks like they had a stove in there at some point... I had the chimney inspected and was told I could use either flue for a stove)
* Wife doesn't want a stove or insert in the fireplace... wants the ambiance of a full fire (if mama is happy... etc)
* Cottage only has water May-Oct. Water is piped in from the main house about 100 feet away. Pipe is barely below ground. Lots of rocks and ledge.
My plan as of today is:
Buy a quality Coal Stove now like a Keystoker, Reading, Leisure Line, or Harman, and put it in the basement. Direct the heat up through a large grate to the main room which is already there but boarded up. Vent it through one of the flues in the basement.
Later when I add year-round water, either by adding a well or burying the current pipe from the house, add an oil or propane boiler and baseboard radiator heat. Continue to use the coal stove to augment the heat.
Does this seem like a reasonable plan?
If I buy the stove now, can the stovepipe be 10 feet from the stove to the chimney so I can place the stove directly under the grate? The chimney is two stories tall.
Any other suggestions?