Hi Pancho, With a 24' cathedral ceiling, you will need a fairly good sized stove..
Are there any upstairs rooms that will benefit from the hot air up against the ceiling? A balcony overlooking the
main room that will get heated as well?
You asked a question earlier about why if the base heater / base burner stoves are so efficient, why aren't all stoves made that way ?
Well it's mostly economics. It is a lot less expensive to make a steel box stove, and make it simple to operate, by someone with a serious lack of mechanical skill, common sense and good judgement. The steel box stoves don't have a lot of passageways that can get clogged with ash, so if someone doesn't clean the stove every month or two, it won't really matter.
There is also the problem with lawyers.. A stove sold today must meet the above mentioned criterion. or the stove manufacturer will get sued by the lawyer for the person with the lack of skill, sense and judgement.
So the steel box stove is incredibley strong, pretty easy to operate reasonably well, and pretty hard to mess up when operating it enough to get hurt.
However each stove and instalation has it's quirks and differences.
The Base heaters and Base burners are a fairly complicated design, that once learned are simple and easy to operate. But they DO HAVE more levers, vents, doors, gizmos etc than the simple box stove..
AND here is a big caveat : The antique stoves are made from cast iron, which is a very good material to make stove firepots from, but a pretty lousy material to make a stove body, doors, legs etc from. The problem is that cast iron is sort of like glass, it's incredibly strong in certain ways, but very fragile in others.
I'll use an extreme example: If you and a buddy go to remove a steel box stove out of the back of your pickup truck, and it gets away from you, your feet hopefully are out of the way, !! The driveway, yard, patio whatever the stove lands on will suffer some damage.. the stove will likely not have anything but scratches i the paint.. maybe a bent door latch or possilby a broken glass in the door, but the doors are usually removed to lighten the load before moving.
NOW, with the same scenario: if you and your buddy drop a base heater, or base burner, there will be pieces of stove all over the place, major damage and cast iron is not easy to properly repair, and the old stoves don't have spare parts on shelves in stove stores.
The cast iron stoves must be taken at least partway apart before being transported, and usually a very well made support structure is recommended for a stove before it is turned over to the average trucking company.
And cast iron stove are made from usually dozens of separate parts. I'll do a quick example: the base is 4 legs with 4 spreaders to make a square base with legs, and usually four bolts and nuts for each leg, then the heater base, if it's a base heater, it has a bottom an internal divider [usually part of the bottom piece], a top surround to make the enclosed heat box. On top of the heated base-box/duct is the stove body, which is usually an intricate set of doors and latches with hinges, some kind of posts for the doors to attach to, swing on and form the shape of the front of the stove, then the back ductwork, is another box with two or three exhaust passageways, each made from a few pieces of thin cast iron.. OKAY, my fingers are getting sore. and I'm at about the 1/2 or 2/3 point on describing the parts of the stove. They are a cast iron chinese puzzle.
AND THE MUST be properly sealed when assembled or you can get exhaust leaks. the iron doors are supposed to fit with a metal to metal almost airtight matching surfaces..
What has to be done is the stove must be properly taken apart, and inspected then reassembled with care and all the joints of the pieces sealed with stove/furnace cement. Once the stove is properly reassembled, preferably in place in your home, it will be trouble free for many years. If the stove is moved they really need to be closely looked at to make sure the sealing furnace cement has not cracked or pieces have gone missing.
With a steel box stove there are the pieces of the grate mechanism, the parts count will be similar to the grate system in an antique stove. Then the welded one piece steel box. one door with a latch, hinge and usually a glass panel in the door. .. I think that's about it. maybe a dozen or two pieces total.
The antique stove has probably 3 x as many parts and pieces.
So that is the 'long version' of why modern stoves are not base heaters or base burners.
Operating a base heater / base burner also requires a bit more thought and understanding of what the stove is doing, how draft works, what levers and vents need to be manipulated and when and why.
Once an owner operates a stove just a few times, it is really simple.. but don't try to get your neighbor to tend the stove for you if they only can turn on their gas fireplace or make a fire in a fireplace.. it's more involved than that.. or it CAN be more involved than that.. if a person feeds the stove on time and doesn't mess with anything, it's just feed it, and change it's diaper, er, empty the ashpan. close the doors and forget it for another 12 hours.
You will be doing a LOT of reading for the next few days..
But I too can see a nice antique stove in your future, or a nice 'rustic' looking modern stove.. depends on what look you want to have,