Ok, here we go:
Our home is a 10 year old 28' x 68' three bedroom modular ranch with an unfinished/unheated basement, located in Susquehanna County NE Pa. We purchased it and moved in last August so we spent a full winter here. 2x6 outside walls, double pane windows and plenty of insulation in the attic. The home has a typical forced hot air LP fired system. After spending the past winter here, we need to supplement our heating system
. When the home was built the basement was set up for a chimney but not completed. That is the hole and clean out is there and outside the block comes out of the ground then is capped. A chimney has to be installed. Experience:
I used to keep the hopper full when I was a kid.
I grew up in NE Pa. between two working coal mines. I can remember when coal was $15.00 a ton.Stoker or Hand Fired:
I'm Unsure. I'm thinking hand fired.
I'm looking at the Baker hand fired. Probably in the 2800 sq.ft. range. All my bedrooms are located above where the chimney is. I am sectioning off 1/3 of the basement (opposite end of bedroom area) for the garage. The basement will remain unfinished. My thinking is heating the remaining 2/3 of the basement and removing the floor insulation so the heat will rise into the living space.
Well, can't think of anything else right now.