Very nice to meet everyone! My fiancee and I are building a home here in NEPA and are about two weeks out until completion. The home is set up for propane/forced air on a 1000 gallon tank and we are looking into alternate options to heat the home next winter. We received our bill of almost $1600 for the fill of the propane tank and feel like a bit of investment now could go a long way in the future. So, in addition to reading the wealth of information on this site I have a few remaining questions pertaining specifically to the layout of our home itself.
My biggest concern is of the placement of the stove itself - our home is a total of 3,100 sq/ft, all above ground. My initial thought would be to get a freestanding coal furnace to be placed on the second floor as the first floor isn't going to be used frequently. This would alleviate us having to cut ventilation holes above the furnace should it be placed on the first floor. Another concern being that if it were indeed placed on the first floor, the heat would not adequately make its way up to the third floor where the bedrooms are located.
What are your thoughts on the above? Is it possible to tie the heat generated from the propane furnace into the duct work used from the propane / forced air system? Is this considerably more expensive or difficult of an installation than a freestanding unit?
Also, I've seen many positive reviews for many of the models of furnaces out there - with the lay out of the house in mind, could anyone make a best recommendation as what I should be leaning towards? A budget of $6,000 installed is what we're aiming for at maximum.
Although there seems to be a learning curve to all of this, it does seem like the way to go for both efficiency and economy, especially living so close to the source. I thank you for your input in advance.