Thanks for the idea. I am leaning towards the 50-93, even if it is not capable of burning wood except for a starter file, since I still have the fireplace when I want to enjoy a live crackling fire. In fact, earlier this evening I noticed quite a lot of heat coming from it, enough to raise the thermostat in the back basement room to a little over 50 degrees. Hell, I know that is nothing to brag about, but without any assistance, it barely goes above 40.
The location I want to place the coal stove is in another room, directly across from the basement wall that was opened a year ago. No more than 8 feet away is a stairway that goes up to a small washroom and then into either the bathroom or the living room. Just by opening the door from the living room to this area, I have created a wonderful convection current that spreads the wood heat throughout the main floor....but not into my boy's room.
I know from reading, that many of you have less insulated, older homes....but not too many as fragmented as mine. That has been the biggest challenge...how to get heat into all the rooms.I figure with a basement coal stove heating the floors, I can open a register and get even more heat flowing to farther reaches than the wood stove is capable of.
I have enjoyed much more heat from the Regency than I ever did with pellets, but still sit with cold fingers on the other side where there is no heat, and wonder if I should simply turn on the electric baseboard, as my sons seem so easily to do. Are all rooms warm when you burn with coal? Surely the closest ones to the heater are the wamest.
BTW..GOOD NEWS! Hitzer is ready to ship out stoves. They are no longer back ordered....and in fact, offer a better price direct, than I can arrange if I drive 100 miles to go and fetch one somewhere in Pa.
Seems we're in for a good storm in the next 10 hours.....sure wish I had an endless supply of heat pouring through the halls of my home.....be thankful that you do!