evancopp wrote:3. I will be using the basement a lot for my hobbies, so I would also like to keep that at normal room temperature. I am concerned that it will also get too hot if I put a stove down there.
I would say look into a coal boiler like the kaa2 keystoker or vf3000 harman.
you would have it in your boiler room and next your main boiler .
you will need to install a circulator pump and a hot water coil in your existing hot air duct.
heat your whole house.
keep all the dust in the boiler room.
have the whole house at a normal tempeture.
allow you to filter the air in the house by changing the existing cold air return filters.
allow you to easily add a humidifier in the duct if needed(air gets very dry in the winter)
and if you are not running the coal boiler or it runs out of coal your main boiler will turn on automaticly .