Hi, I live in upstate NY and have some firewood available, which I want to burn in winter. I would like to install wood stove in my basement because basement is not insulated and I work in my workshop located in my basement. I have also gas furnace and gas hot water heater in the basement. Gas furnace is used to heat up water used in hot water baseboard heating system (which we like a lot). Gas furnace is located very close to chimney, which has two flues. One for gas furnace and hot water heater and the other for fireplace which is located on the first floor in family room. I would like to install wood stove in basement which would be close to gas furnace. Wood stove would not share the same flue with gas furnace. Wood stove would use second flue. My basement is 1,300 sq.feet. I would like to have warmer basement and also I am hoping that warmer basement will make first floor warmer. I was planing to buy cheap (used) cast iron wood stove. Here are the questions: 1. Is there a fire hazard with gas stove (and gas hot water heater) in the proximity of wood stove? 2. What BTU furnace do I need? 3. Is cast iron wood stove without blower good for this application? 4. Do I miss a lot not having a blower? 5. Can I put firebricks inside cast iron wood stove? Is it manufacturer/model dependent? 6. How far should I put the wood stove from gas furnace? Puting wood stove further away from chimney would decrease speed of combustion gases. This could influence other factors I guess. I run search to find articles that would answer my questions. None of them seemed to address my case. I am newbie as far as wood stoves are concerned but I am handy and can tackle many projects. If you could help me I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.