Flyerfan64 wrote:hi everyone I am new to the forum.I am contemplating buying a leisure line Pocono /coal stove. I plan on buying the vent hood To hook directly into my current duct work.not sure if it will be worth my investment of time and money. I know there is work involved in loading coal and empting the ashes . I currently have propane forced air heat and pay 1.89 per gal.I own a two story home and it is approximately 1800 sq ft it is 10 years old and well insulated.I will put stove in basement. I live in NEPA so getting coal will not be a problem. A pellet stove was also a consideration but I do not think it will be enough to heat my whole house. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for any help.also will the savings be worth the extra work a and cost of stove?
Just an important note that may or may not apply to you.
Not all states and localities require this but the National Fire Code requires an automatic fire damper when the heating device does not have an automatic ~160F cutoff, OR any opening not sealed to a UL heating device (such as a furnace) WHENEVER a floor is penetrated. That would require one fire damper before the hood connects to existing duct work. They are simple devices, just a spring loaded damper with a ~165F melting point link holding the damper open.
You may not have this code requirement since the "National Code" is just a model document that many states adopt as their standard.
However, if such a code exists in your area, your fire insurance is worthless without the damper.
On a different note, send me some propane
I'm paying $3.70+/gal!!! Of course my Pioneer does 70% of my heating. I have a long ranch and can't get heat down the far end of the house (from the stove). Heck, in my town electric heat is now cheaper than propane. Electric zones easily as well saving $$$.