Wood Stove setup in basement of new home
So the new home we are moving into is 1-story with unfinished basement. The basement contains a (what appears to be) old wood stove connected to metal chimney through the basement wall (metal chimney intact). Everything seems to be in decent shape and sturdy, but the previous owners say they never used it and aren't much help. There is an open register from the basement to the center of the main house. I'm assuming this is how the setup works (warm air from stove heats home through register to basement), as the chimney is intact. Am I correct in that? And also, how can I properly inspect the stove and chimney to ensure they are in working condition before using the stove.