I have my Leisure Line Pocono in my basement. I use my oil fired furnace blow to move the air. It is working very well, keeping the house at 70*. I have not fired up the Oil except a 2 minute test about once a week.
But I built a Jacket for the stove, which basicly made it work like a furnace. I have a limit switch positioned so it collects the heat, so when it is warmer and the stove surface is around 200*, the fan will turn on for about a minute, then off for a few minutes. When the stove heats up above 350* the fan runs continous.
The bottom of the jacket is sucking air from the basement, basement temps fluctuate between 60 to 67, depending on the burn weather. I have 3 registers that feed the basement from the living area, 7 registers piped for heat. So the heat from the stove gets sucked into the Oil Furnaces cold air return, there is a damper to regulate how much air comes off the stove, and the cold air return from the room.
The coal trol thermostat, combined with the air movement system keeps all the living area mostly at 70*. Sometime dipping to 69, sometime up to 71.
I wouldn't think that a hand fire stove will work very well, but every house is different, and you may get lucky and have a natural air flow that will carry the heat where you want it.
Edit: with the coal stove the register temps are not like the 100* you might expect from the propane furnace. The temps are between 80 and 87 at the registers, but as the air movement is fairly slow and fairly constant, the house feels warmer, on reason is that the furnace isn't blasting, cooling, blasting,... like my oil fired furnace.