I just moved into an old house built around 100 years ago and it has a fuel oil furnace in it that just doesn't seem to heat the whole house as warm as i'd like it. I was wondering if i could install a woodstove into the exsiting duct work and use that as the primary heating system and keep the oil furnace as a back up. I have seen this setup before but would like to know the pros and cons of this setup. My husband works in the tree business so we can get all the wood that we would need for free and this would save on the cost of fuel. Would this be a job that could be done ourselves. Thanks for any information that you could give me.
The chimney that the furnace is connected to is in the basement but I have one chimney that leads to a fireplace in the kitchen and I have 1 chimney that leads to a fireplace in the living room but that one needs a new liner before it could be used and it is above the part of the house that only has a crawl space to get to it. Which one seems more pratical and more cost efficent to use? You seem to be the only person that has ever heard of this, everyone tells me it can't be done. Thanks for the information.