Ideas for Heating a Two-Story Home with Wood Stove
Wood stove for two-story homes are efficient and practical.
Wood stove heat is warm and comfortable. It’s affordable, and it can be replenished. It takes more work to heat with wood, but once you use a wood stove, you’ll never want to go back to other types of heat. Wood stoves can easily heat a two-story home, but certain codes and precautions should always be followed.
Local building and fire codes should always be consulted before a wood stove is used. Some codes have strict measurements that must be followed for wall clearance, pipe diameters and extensions above the roof line. Other codes address the type of stove. Some states require stoves that emit only a stated amount of pollution, while other states will permit almost any stove. Other codes are very strict regarding outside air conditions and will not permit wood stove operations if air quality is bad. This type of regulation must be consulted on a regular basis in states such as California.
Wood stoves should always be installed on the lower level in two-story homes. Heat rises, and although you can install a wood stove on the top floor, it will not heat lower levels with any efficiency. If possible, an air duct should be cut through the floor somewhere near the stove. There is often room inside the floor for a fan to be installed to blow upward through a grate on the floor. This simple solution can heat the entire upper floor and it feels great on bare feet on a cool morning.
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