corn stove placement in home

edwiJanuary 14, 2006

I'm installing a 55,000 btu corn burner in my 1922 two story home. It has a lot of small rooms and I really don't want to remove walls now. I don't think that I'll get the air flow needed to heat the whole house by putting it on the first floor. Any info on the best place to put this unit in the basement would a great help. Any thoughts on having a cold air return near the stove?

Thanks, Ed

PS, great forum.

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kframe19

How about putting air grills in the walls between rooms, floor and ceiling?

Putting the stove in the basement is also a tried and true method, as well.

Two ways of doing it...

1 is simply let the stove super heat the basement, with some heat getting upstairs...

2. Install some sort of circulator system. A guy I know built a brick alcove in his basement for his wood stove, and installed a high speed fan and the small diameter flexible duct work to several points in his first floor.

That system actually works like a champ in keeping the first floor nice and warm in the winter.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2006 at 2:27PM
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edwi

Thanks for the input. We decided to go with the corn furnace instead. A little more money, but we are worth it.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2006 at 4:30PM
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diannp

What corn furnace did you end up going with? We are looking at putting one in our house..

dp

    Bookmark   January 23, 2006 at 4:20PM
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edwi

We are getting an Americian Energy Systems furnace. It just came in. Should be up and running in a week or two depending on when I can get to it.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2006 at 10:41PM
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lees_2007

I have a woodburner in my basement. If I put a corn stove in my living room, will this really heat my home and save me money on my electric bill? We heat with electricity.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2007 at 11:02AM
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garyg

"I have a woodburner in my basement. If I put a corn stove in my living room, will this really heat my home and save me money on my electric bill? We heat with electricity."

- You have to be able to distribute the heat throughout the house to avoid hot spots. Depending on your electric rates, heating with resistance electric can be very expensive.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2007 at 11:54AM
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