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  1. #1
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    Looking for aux heat

    Hi,
    I'm getting things ready for selling my house when it finally gets to be too much.

    My basement has always been cold, and I've used wood heat for 40+ years. I want to replace that now because the stove probably won't meet code. It's a Fisher and they're very well made, but the chimney exits straight out the back.

    The stove sits on a raised area with a decorative stone background -- looks pretty nice.

    Anyway, I contacted a company re a decorative propane unit ( I have propane). He quoted me something like xxxx. I proposed using a cheaper type stove, but he said that venting would be more expensive -- and I'd still end up around xxxx.

    I looked into electric fireplaces and they all seem to be 1500 watt units -- which I know won't be enough. (If I do find one that can provide more output, I will probably have to upgrade my electric).

    The last thing that I thought of was improving the ducts in the basement. The area where the stove is is pretty large -- probably around 12 x24. There are only 2 ceiling ducts present and I don't know how effective they are.

    One more thing, the basement is only about 4 feet deep, which I think makes it colder.

    Just looking for suggestions on a good route. If I can't do it for a reasonable price, I will probably leave the wood stove in place and possibly offer a price discount on the house if it comes to that. I don't want to spend a bundle and find that potential buyers don't like the choice.

    Appreciate any thoughts on the matter.

    Thanks,

    hj

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    Read the site rules. Prices vary.

  3. #3
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    Thread Starter
    Sorry - I'm not looking for a quote if that's the issue. I expressed myself pretty poorly.

    I'd like to add some decorative aux heat to the basement - for my comfort and to make the house more saleable (I'm 73 ).

    If a propane fireplace is in the range of 3 to 5 K -- it's more than I really want to spend.
    I would like to know if that's the normal range. I have an opening for my existing chimney at a height of 27inches.

    Electric fireplaces are much cheaper and have no issues with venting, but the only ones I could find are 1500 watt units. I'm sure that I would need at least 2x that. I'd like to know if there are more powerful units available, or if I'd have to consider adding a baseboard heater as well.

    This will require an upgrade to my electrical supply I'm sure. I would like some idea of how much that would cost. If it puts it in the same category as the propane fireplace, I really have to think about it.

    My final thought is an upgrade to the existing ductwork. From what I've read duct fans are not considered a good idea by heating professionals.

    As mentioned, I'm trying to see if there's anything that makes sense. Please provide any input in keeping with your guidelines. If there are other options, I'd be interested as well. If something seems reasonable, I will check it out with a local contractor.

    Thanks,

    hj

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