help choosing the right stove

furwrangler

New Member
Dec 5, 2019
3
Northwest, Pennsylvania
just purchased a home and would like to put a new wood stove/furnace in the basement. buget is about $3000, house has a new clay linner(6" flue)
space I would like to heat is about 2600 sq ft. I was looking at the Englander 28-4000 but would like some recommendations
Thanks
 

Jan Pijpelink

Minister of Fire
Jan 2, 2015
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South Jersey
just purchased a home and would like to put a new wood stove/furnace in the basement. buget is about $3000, house has a new clay linner(6" flue)
space I would like to heat is about 2600 sq ft. I was looking at the Englander 28-4000 but would like some recommendations
Thanks
Can you post a drawing of the layout of the house?
Are you going with a furnace or a stove? Big difference.
What about insulation?
The chimney needs a SS liner (insulated) for a stove to burn safely.
If the clay chimney is 6", it might be problematic getting a 6" SS liner in there. Most stoves need a 6" SS stove pipe/liner.
 

moresnow

Minister of Fire
Jan 13, 2015
1,273
Iowa
Fill in your location also.
 

Ashful

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Mar 7, 2012
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Philadelphia
Stoves are space heaters, and in most cases do a lousy job from the basement. If you’re set on a basement install, you’ll do well to go with a furnace.
 

furwrangler

New Member
Dec 5, 2019
3
Northwest, Pennsylvania
It‘s a ranch style home 3 bedroom about 1500 sq ft main level and would like to keep basement warm as well. What’s a good furnace? DS,Firecheif,shelter etc. not sure what’s good and bad all the reviews are mixed.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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South Puget Sound, WA
Go to the boilers and furnace forum here to get more info on furnaces. Llampa makes a good one.

Note that several members heat successfully from the basement with a wood stove. It depends on the layout, location and openess of the stairwell, location of the stove and importantly - basement wall insulation.
 
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weatherguy

Minister of Fire
Feb 20, 2009
5,758
Central Mass
My brother in law heats his newer 1650 sf ranch with the Englander 28-4000, he has a single duct coming off the top into a vent and leaves his basement door open. Heats his house easily but goes through 6-7 cords of wood.
 

Ashful

Minister of Fire
Mar 7, 2012
15,715
Philadelphia
Go to the boilers and furnace forum here to get more info on furnaces. Llampa makes a good one.

Note that several members heat successfully from the basement with a wood stove. It depends on the layout, location and openess of the stairwell, location of the stove and importantly - basement wall insulation.
I’d argue that you could have put basement wall and floor insulation first, second, and third on your list. The rest is just shades of a color.

You can heat a house from a stove in an unfinished basement, but you’re going to wasting a huge fraction of the heat you generate into those nearly-infinite heat sinks you call concrete walls and floor. When you’re harvesting and processing wood on the scale required to heat a house, the novelty of wasting wood quickly runs thin.
 
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Seasoned Oak

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Oct 17, 2008
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Eastern Central PA
I would add that i would not be able to heat from anywhere other than the basement (with a large stove) at my current location as the home is not open concept. My basement stove overwhelms the 20x20 room its in with 90 deg temps even on the lowest heat setting. Ranch homes are not typically open concept so a first floor installation may be too much heat in one place. A small cat stove would be a better fit for a relatively small first floor room in a ranch Home and an add on wood furnace(which is what furwrangler is asking about) always goes in the basement. They are made to pipe the heat up into the living space.
 

furwrangler

New Member
Dec 5, 2019
3
Northwest, Pennsylvania
Decided to have the clay liner knocked out and installing a heavy ss 8” insulated flex round liner went with the ds ecomiser furnace. Upgraded to the bigger blower
Plenum off top of furnace with a 12” run feeding into my existing plenum.
Also going to install a diverter so if the main furnace runs it will close off the run from the add on furnace and
Vice versa. Any thoughts or recommendations