This is the space im working with. I dont really know if the house is "well insulated" its strawbale but it seems drafty and I do have the issue with the heat rising. I do have a ceiling fan but plan on installing a more powerful one. Ive been fixing up the house slowly and fixing some of the worst draft spots and thats help a lot already.
Yesterday it was -13F (-25C) and I was gone all day and only left a space heater on when I got home at night it was close to 50F or 10C in the house. It took a couple hours to warm it back up to the high 60s but again upstairs during the.peak heat must of got around 75. The wood stove can heat up the place nicely but it just feels so inneficient. I can be sitting in front of it with the door closed and barely feel any heat. The pipe radiates an ok amount but I feel like most of the heat just gets sucked up. Its got a super strong draft with that tall chimney. I was sorta worried the barrel would make the upstairs way to hot so a brick bell could be something to consider. Plus weve had a very mild winter compared to the norm and ive used 2.5 cords already but I only burn if its quite cold. Next winter my girlfriend will move in and I imagine ill have to keep the place a bit warmer lol
The house is 24 feet by 24 with slab and ive got two big 5x5 facing south. In the morning the heat from the sun on those two windows is awesome even on a cold day ( 0F or -6c). Im hoping a 6 inch system is powerful enough to heat the place. I already have the chimney in place and wouldnt have to buy new pipes plus out here 8' pipe is just hard to find. I found one store that could order some for me but it was ceszy expensive.
That is a really good idea with the plywood box
ill make sure to go over your build thread again I must of missed that part !