I did a search on central air and didn't find much relevant...anyway, I hope this topic hasn't been done before, if so, sorry in advance. Does anybody have any success stories using a combined Wood Stove as primary heat but also using the forced air return (no furnace or heat pump turned on just the fans) to circulate the hot air (from the wood burning stove) to the rest of the house? The sales guy I talked to asked me how far away my 'air intake vent' was located from the installation site of the stove. I was curious and asked him why it mattered and i guess he was really trying to sell me on a wood stove that could be used as a primary heat source. I went in just looking for a casual wood stove that i could kick on a few times a year. But I think he was trying to use some sales tactics to get me to buy on the spot...essentially he was saying if my air intake vent was 15-20 feet away that if you keep the fan going for your central air system the wood stove can distribute the heat to the rest of the house. Has anybody tried or done this? Is it effective...seems to me, by the time the hot air from the stove went up the vent, throught the filter system, down through the duct work in the crawlspace it would be cold by the time in got to the back rooms. Just for details: Installation site to Air Uptake Vent is 12 Feet (so pretty close according to the sales guy that says it would work great in my house) Insulation on all crawlspace Ducts but NOT on the Return Ducts in the attic. 2000 SQ Ft house...stove is centrally located to major living spaces (kithcen, living, family) but have standard ranch where rooms are 'down the hall'. Avalon Olympic to be installed... Any thoughts--do you think the central air system can deliver wood stove heat to the 'back rooms' of the house?