Hi Maro and welcome to the forum, some pictures of the gas furnace plenum would be helpful but before anyone jumps the gun one of our members heats a fairly large, chopped up, older farm house with the same stove but with better results and one of the factors is air movement. Have you thought of installing one or two ceiling fans? There are many different small doorway style fans available. Homes have a natural air current based on many different factors and finding yours is important before spending money and ripping things out...believe me I've tried a couple and my solution was reached when I got the right stove! I have a stove in my basement that I use in the deep freeze along with my living room stove, and alone in the shoulder months. I made a plenum above it and connected it to the return air of my oil furnace system. When the stove blower is on the warm air exits the return vents in the rooms above this way if the furnace ever comes on, (rarely only when mother-in-law is visiting), the air going to the furnace is heated to approx 180* by the coal stove and the furnace runs very little.
Because my basement is NOT insulated I loose many-a-btu through the walls and floor so my stove in the living room gives me the bang for the buck. If your basement is not insulated then maybe a different location in your living space is better. I can't answer your questions directly but I can explain my trails blindfolded.
I realize you have a hopper so room above the stove is needed unless you removed the hopper and loaded through the front door thus adding more attention to the stove. Good luck and keep us posted.
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