I am proceeding with it this way as I feel pretty confident it will improve the conditions we have now. My feeling is the cold air will settle and move back as its a pretty straight shot without much in the way.
The doorway headers would still block heat if only working with cold air return.
They also keep doors closed and this will work even when doors are closed. I could cut openings above the door ways and put a grate on both sides but 1 has an oak shelf in the way that holds all my wife's pretty tea pots, cups and bowls etc. NO WAY I can touch that
I do have a crawl space, but a few reasons why I do not want to go this way. One is a concrete block wall in the way that I would have to break through, as I built a 32 x 20 foot addition onto the existing house in 1985.
Secondly I do not fit as well under there as I used too
I know first hand as I just removed a section of my baseboard heat and the piping was all under there, not a fun place to work.
It will be much easier in my opinion to work in the attic. I have all my electric run up there and would not have to run power under the crawl space.
I really do not want to have duct work coming out of the floor then across the hearth in the living area. Would look like sheet
When my sons leave the door open its not that bad, but they like privacy from time to time, so it is closed more than open.
I just picked up the rest of the parts I need and should be ready to work on it this weekend, unless something else pops up.
I have read most of the other threads on here (in regards to distribution of air) and most folks have basements with stoves in them. I feel this is a different situation and requires a different approach.
I thank you for you inputs
I will let you know how I make out. I hope soon to just sit back and relax a little. Maybe after I hook up the new 80 gallon electric hot water heater and a 60 amp sub panel to allow for more circuits. Then I can shut off the boiler for DHW.
Good thing I have a very understanding wife and she loves everything I have done so far. When momma is happy everyone is happy, if you know what I mean.