I am building a new house in NH and am seriously considering an "in-basement" stoker coal stove. I have many questions, but I'll begin with four;
1. What are the exaust/chimny requirements for a stoker coal stove (can they be direct vented through the foundation or do they require a standard block/brick chimney with a tile flu)?
2. I've had someone tell me that years ago they burned Anthricite and found a fine black dust throughout the home. Essentially they said it was a bit dirty. I've also been told that this isn't a problem with the newer stokers..... I figured I'd go to the experts (you folks), for an opinion on the newer stoakers. Do you find any of this "dust" that was mentioned?
As this is a new home, I can go with an in-basement unit or perhaps even one of the out door units. I'm partially disabled and think the in-basement unit will be more convienient. I'm going with forced hot water by the way, probably with an LP backup for summer/times when I'm away.
3. As I've been reading other posts, someone mentioned putting a stoker in their garage. Sounds like a great idea. I'm building a 2-car with an attached wood working shop and need some heat for the shop as well as the house. Could I install a stoker in the garage/shop and feed the house's forced hot water heating system AND my domestic hot water AND heat my swimming pool some how?
4. If I'm putting a stoker in the garage/shop, should I be looking at a stoker furnace (like you'd install in the basement of a home?) or should I be considering one of the "out door" units that I could chimney out of the shop?
Thanks... everything posted here is VERY helpfull... you folks are gems!
Thanks Soooo much,