new2coal wrote:So, it sounds like the code may not apply to this situation? I probaly need to check to be sure. What 'cha think?
I think you have to make your own decision based on what your fire dept & codes say & then way that against the actual risk.
1. It will be very difficult to get a uniform heat distribution on you main floor unless you provide additional ways for the heat to get up there & for the cold air to be returned to you basement. (directly to the stove fans inlet would be best, creating a heat loop)
2. Whatever you decide, always make sure you provide at least 1 (I prefer 2 ..they're cheap enough) working fire/smoke and CO detectors per floor.
If you are respectful of the danger that any heating device brings with it, & install & operate you coal appliance correctly, you will never have a problem & the actual danger is no more than presented by a gas or oil burner, imo.