Here's a picture of the future stove location. I plan to remove that plastic rack, and make my heat shield go left, over to the stairs. Right above that rack i can cut a cold air return to my second floor, almost straight down to the stove. I'll have 2 more ducts leading up, one for each floor. The basement is a partial, and i'm not expecting too much heat to hit the extremities of the first and second floors, if all goes well i'll add another stove later that will heat the entire house. The basement is only about 300sf, and I hope to keep the stove idling nice and low until a power
The main floor of the house is heated by a pair of mini-split heat pumps, each with a 500cfm fan, hopefully their fans can push stove heat across the entire first floor. And if I'm not so good at coal right away, or I want to leave for vacation, they can handle the load.
I planned on the air gap for the walls, should I also consider raising the stove off the floor? the floor is concrete, and I wasn't planning anything under the stove.
The setup is very convenient because out of the picture to the left is a walkout that goes under a porch. It's a nice closed in room that I plan to stack 5 gal buckets in. Right outside that closed porch is my driveway where i'll build the bin eventually. Should be easy to load the bin, transfer to buckets, and load inside.
I've been reading here for months and hope I have a grasp on the general house setup, and i've spent the past few days ready everything I can find on this stove in particular.
outage or cold snap where i'll crank it up.