You have an answer to the heat distribution question, and I agree with it. I have a similar size and house layout as you. However, I located my stove in the livingroom
on the 1st floor. The stairs to the 2nd floor start in the living room about 12 feet from my Hitzer 30-95. There is a door at the top of the stairs. Obviously heating the 1st floor is easy. I occationally use a fan to circulate to the kitchen
, but usually don't. I don't mind a cool bedroom
so I find the heat passing through the uninsulated livingroom ceiling is adequate. If it gets sub zero out with a breeze, I will open the stair door about 1/4 of the way about an hour before going to bed, then leave it open that much for the night.
I realize you said you want to put your stove in the cellar. What I want to point out is how much it simplifies things if you locate your stove in proper proximity to your stairway, and on the 1st floor. You would also need a door at the bottom or top of the stairs or else it will probably be warmer on the 2nd floor than you would like for it to be.
If you want to heat your whole house from the basement
, I think you will be more satisfied with a forced air coal furnace in the basement in place of, or in addition to the oil furnace. Some of the guys freqenting this forum are real "Crackerjacks"
with furncaces and can best advise you about them.
The Hitzer 30-95 does not need electricity to operate properly. However, the optional blower does help circulate the warm air, and it does of course require 110 volt power. It is a plug in deal, so you won't need to do any hard wiring to accomodate it. I bought the blower only because it was on the only 30-95 the dealer had in stock. It works great, but is a little louder than I like
(even with the included rheostat set on low speed) while I'm relaxing in the living room.