NorthernIndiana wrote:We plan to build the following addition to our house and I want some opinions as to whether or not I can heat my whole house with one hand fired coal stove placed at the location marked chimney.
Main part of house was built in 2010. The house is tight and well insulated. We currently heat the house using a DS Machine Basement #4 (125k BTU-I beleive) in the basement. We do have a floor vent about the stove, but it basically warms the basement and floors and that effectively heats the ground floor (1800 sq ft).
If I build this addition (on a crawlspace) and place a large handfired (DS Machine Circulator 1600) in the breezeway, will I be able to heat both the main house and the addition? We live near the Michigan-Indiana border.
I spoke with 2 local Amishman and both felt I would not be able to evenly heat the house with one stove in the breezeway (marked on the print as chimney). The felt the northern end of the house would be especially cold. What do you think?
My second idea would be to place a small coal stove at the far end of the addition and continue to run my basement stove. That would obviously work, but I'd prefer to only feed one unit. Is there another location I could heat the house with a single unit? Thoughts, ideas?
Thanks in advance!
good question. I'd recommend one big furnace doing the entire home, rather than many separate furnaces or stoves. Each one that's added, adds more work, ash, possible problems, another chimney, and most importantly, ups the risk of CO and house fire.
there's a lot of big homes out there locally that have caught on fire, and burned down, because the owner had multiple outdoor wood burner, indoor wood furnace, oil furnace, gas furnace, fireplace, woodburner, etc. and was running around tending stoves all day to heat these places. It only takes one to get a chimney fire or pop an ash onto the floor and the house goes up in flames.
keep one central stove or fireplace, and it's easier to maintain and control. The maximum would be 2, put one in the basement, and a 2nd one in the living space area where you spend the most time. that's what I'd do
add registers to get the heat to rise like you have been, good idea