djackman wrote:I'm considering options for next year's heating season, and would like some input on where to go. I comfortably heated a 1200sq/ft split ranch house last year on just an ancient Godin stove in the basement even with no air returns - just a warm floor and open stairway to basement. Upstairs stayed a little cool but was "good sleeping weather"
Here's what impacts the decision:
1. Basement is small, and I need to keep the existing gas (hydronic baseboard) furnace for when I'm not here. No qualified friends to manage a coal stove/boiler. No room for inside coal bin, no access from outside for a bulk delivery.
2. Hard to plumb return ducts to the upper part of the house.
3. Probably be moving in the next 3-5 years. Therefor don't want to go crazy with ductwork and holes in walls/floors.
4. Have ~6 tons of range coal (anthracite) on hand, another few tons for the taking if I can find room.
5. When I sell the house coal stove/furnace will have to go - would scare away a "turn the dial" buyer in these parts. ("go" = remove and store off site)
6. The Godin is pretty weary would need a full rebuild if I was to use it next season. (I can do myself)
7. I have no problem with daily feeding & care of a hand fed unit.
I'm torn between a coal boiler tied into the existing hydronic system or a better used radiant stove eg Hitzer, Harmon, etc. Next house will have room for coal bin and a stoker, no question.
What would you do?