Real1on wrote:Ok yea basement wall insulation makes more sense brick is a horrible insulator. Thanks for all your feed back it has been very helpful! Are there any negative affects idling a large stove?
Like franco b said, the coal doesn't burn "quite" as efficiently and it may be more of a challenge to maintain sufficient draft in warm weather burns BUT, your central chimney will make up for the drafting issue. Some minor inefficiency during warm weather burns isn't a valid reason, as far as I'm concerned, not to have a stove that might be on the hefty side for the job. When its 10 below zero and yer warm as toast, the thougth of inefficiency during warm weather will probably make ya giggle a little bit..
Unlike wood, no creosote associated with anthracite..
Coal is good at idling down, once you learn the burn.
I'd go with the slightly oversized instead of a possible undersize..
Just my nickle's worth of free thinkering..