Thanks A Ton for the compliments and help guys!!!!
Man there sure are a lot of beautiful stoves posted up here. I have a feeling the ceiling vents won't go through this season although I'm so tempted. Mainly due to the sno-board season with my kids right now, then the warmer weather leading to a host of other things, compounded by my inherent laziness
Anyway the vents will surely be up before next season starts. I'm thinking one or 2 vents near the stove up into the main living area. the house is a typical bi-level with a vaulted ceiling in the front room and dining room. I also knocked out the walls of the kitchen a few years back, so the half of the house that doesn't have bedrooms upstairs is entirely open. from there the cooling air should hopefully move across this area and fall back down the steps to the lower level and stove. That's what it does now anyway
It will be heating about 550 square ft X 2 levels. Honestly I'm so curious and hopeful as far as the improvement it could make, I may still do it this year, I'm just running out of time.
It's rated at 38,000 BTU's. Burning at 600 degrees. It uses about 25 lb of nut per day. It's going to warm up this week into the 50's. I've experimented using pea. Pea alone just won't draft enough to be practical, couldn't get the heat I needed out of it. Once I used the pea however, I couldn't resist experimenting with its effects and started mixing it in with nut to smooth things out. (Another great idea I got here) Seems to be working well but I need that draft knob out a lot more.
On a side note, Mrs C really surprised me. I'd call home, ask her the temp on the stove and have her adjust accordingly. Now when I ask about the stove she just texts back the stove temp and what adjustment she made on the draft. Hell she even shook it down a few times without me ever mentioning it. Life Is Good!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL
Other than having to get up 10 minutes earlier on workdays to 'tend stove', this has been such a great experience, You Gotta Love It.
Maybe I'll have a Bin in the yard for next year, otherwise I'll just have it dumped on a tarp. I used bags this year.