I know this should probably be in the fireplace forum, but not a lot of action over there . I'm looking at one of those wood burning inserts to warm up a below grade family room. In the winter warming this room up a reasonable amount with the gas furnace makes the upstairs too hot.
Anyone have any experience with these things. They claim to put out on the order of 60 thousand BTU's (the smallest units). Could I run my fan on the furnace continuous to take some of this heat through the cold air return and send throughout the house?
The advertised BTU is enough to heat 1200 square feet according to the literature. My house is approximately 1900 square feet.
How much savings could I reasonably expect on my heating bill?