Q&A Wood stove questions

QandA Posted By QandA, Oct 5, 2001 at 2:20 PM

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    I have a few questions - hope that's ok. I am planning to convert an existing fireplace into a heating source for my home. I would like to determine the most efficient solution: either a fireplace insert (wood - we do not have gas lines) or a wood stove. Is one of these more efficient than the other?Is there a significant difference in cost for the units or for maintenance costs?Is it possible to heat another room that is connected to the room with the stove/insert by only one doorway? The room with the stove is 14'x18'; the other room is 11'x18'. Do blowers in the unit really help circulate the air to other rooms? Can the blowers be directed to a certain area or do they simply blow away from the unit?Is it possible to heat a room that is directly above the room with the stove if grills are installed in the ceiling of the room with the stove and the floor of the room above?



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    Most inserts are just stoves with a surround and blower..however- if you get an insert that extends 6 to 10 inches on the hearth you will get more radiant heat.No- if anything a small "hearth stove" will cost a little less than an insert.Best to use a small fan in the doorway (available at stove shops) to move heat from one room to the next. Definitely- heat rises and will do the job if a grate is installed. (The room above is about the same size) How safe is it to leave the stove/insert burning overnight? unattended?No problem- just make certain the area around the stove is clear of debris and paper and make certain that you have adequate floor protection in front.
     
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