AlmostThere wrote:The total house sq footage including basement is 1100 which is way under the specs for this stove. I'm thinking of dropping the firebox size to 16 X 16 from the current size of 16 X 24. I should save coal!!!! Thoughts?
With a reduced firebox, but same surface area of the stove to absorb and radiate the heat, you will presumably be running a significantly lower flue temperature. Make sure your new chimney can still provide adequate draft. What size coal do you burn? I wonder if you could just burn pea, and let the stove idle most of the time without monkeying with the firebox size?
That is a really small square footage, especially if the basement is insulated. Will you be heating the basement, or is your true heating need only 550 square feet? Where are you located? I know you like your stove, but a smaller one might be more practical.