01:35PM | 02/15/05
Member Since: 02/13/05
1 lifetime posts
I live in a raised ranch that has a 1000 sq ft unfinished basement. The previous owner did insulate and drywall the ceiling but not that wall. He also has a wood/pellet stove 6 inch pipe leading to a chimeny that runs up through a closet and finally through the rough. My house is all electric and my last bill was 600 bucks for January. Anyway I was wondering if I buy a pellet stove, would the heat from the basement radiate through the dryway and insulation to the living are above the basement..I was thinking of ripping all the drywall and insulation out and putting in a drop ceiling when I finish the basement. My thoughts were that the heat would go right through drop ceiling tiles and radiate on up to warm the upstairs...Sorry for the long story but I wanted to get it all in there...thank you for any and all help.....


01:57PM | 02/21/05
Member Since: 01/28/01
171 lifetime posts
The main problem with expecting the heat to rise through any ceiling is that the ceiling will act as decent insulation, stopping the heat. The best way would be to somehow circulate the heated air through ductwork. Or not have any ceiling, just the exposed floor joists. Not very attractive though.

My suggestion, if you haven't already, is the standards. Seal all air leaks. Add insulation in attic. Use a programmable thermostat. How cold is the basement? Maybe you should finish the basement walls?
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