New here, currently have wood insert (quadra fire) on the main floor. Happy with it but starting to get tired of cutting and dealing with wood after almost 10 years. My house is not well insulated and I have a cathedral ceiling that’s 23 feet high. I have a post and beam house, Yankee Barn built in 1978. I’m starting to investigate putting a coal stove in my unfinished basement. Want to keep the wood insert and will continue to use it from time to time.
Lets start at the beginning and break this down into a mathematical theorem for simplicity sake
These are my perspectives (opinions) on your circumstances..
IF your primary objective is to not deal with wood AND you want to keep the current insert AND you don't want to go the coal boiler route THEN I don't see a "good" solution.. Coal stove in the basement would be my last choice.
IF your primary objective is to not deal with wood AND you can give up the current insert AND you don't want to go the coal boiler route THEN A coal insert is perfect
IF your primary objective is to not deal with wood AND you want to keep the current insert AND you could go the coal boiler route THEN I see this being the best solution
I guess its a matter of picking the option that best suits you.
Whatever your choice, yer gonna save huge on labor over wood and save huge on dollars over oil...
Hauling coal and ashes to and from an insert in your main room could be a deal breaker. Coal ashes are dusty but can be kept in check with some handling finesse.. Personally, I'm happy to have that confined to the basement..