coalkirk wrote:Dave, trying to heat a house with a stove is tough, especially if its multiple levels. Even if you had a stove that could produce the required BTU's the challange is getting the heat distributed. You will end up with a very warm basement and every level above is cooler. Comfort wise it's not great. What kind of central heat does your home have? If you can take advantage of a distribution system that is already setup to distribute heat evenly, your comfort level will be much better.
Oh yeah. And some insulation wouldn't be a bad idea either.
KLook wrote:Depending on the style of framing of your old house, insulation can be blown into the walls through the interior by cutting smaller holes in the drywall and patching it in after. Even if the framing style gives you some voids, it is better then none at all. This will NOT help the health of the old house however as it tightens it up and makes it sweat. My mothers in Maine is doing this now. But as it is so old that it had birch bark for flashing, we dont care what happens to it after her. It has lived its useful lifespan. If you have a dry basement, some of this would be mitigated. And a forced hot air system would help some also if the interior is to humid.
Ideally, using the old radiators is the very best solution, just make sure you get a big enough boiler. I have 2 medium size radiators in my basement in Maine and they can suck the life out of my 95000 btu boiler in a heartbeat.
There are plenty of guys in here to get you sized properly! Good luck.
llama99 wrote:I live in a 2300sqft (plus finished attic and unfinished basement)Pennsylvania brick Victorian with virtually no insulation. I am currently running a Harmon Magnum stoker in the basement. Running full out it can't get the first floor temp about 65 if the temp outside gets below 30. I do have the fan ducted to a floor vent. I would like to step up to a bigger unit. It is not practical to move it to the first floor.
I am looking for suggestions. What stove do folks think would do the job and why? Cost is a big issue, so I will have to be practical. I think I'd like to stay with a stoker, but I am open to other options.
Badog wrote:OUCH. You could have converted that back for the cost of a tank of oil.