Heating a Basement?? Ideas?

Old 07-17-02, 01:53 PM
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Heating a Basement?? Ideas?

I have a two story full domered cape with an unfinished basement (no insulation in rafters) that I would like to heat occasionaly during the winter months in Maine. I currently have a forced hot water oil furnace with a center chimney. Can I legally add a woodstove to the same chimney (this would be nice in power outages)?? How well would a baseboard on the return side do in heating a basement?? Any other economical alternatives? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance- Scott
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No you cannot use the same flue for the wood burning stove. If the chimney can accomodate a separate flue then you can use the chimney. Check with your local fire dept. or building inspector.

Adding baseboards or radiators to your return pipe may affect the heating of the house. Most systems are designed for a 25 degree drop in return water. A common mistake is making the loop too large and the return temp. is greater than 25 degrees. This becomes apparent on thse very cold days and the system won't be able to heat the house. One way of avoiding this is to zone the basement heating. Create a small loop just for the basement.

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