Masonry heater: Good investment or waste of time?
Now that my 150-year-old house in New Milford, Connecticut, is heated with ductless minisplits, I have an empty flue in the chimney running from the basement where the boiler used to be. I use my uninsulated, stone-walled basement as an occasional workshop for tinkering with small projects, and I thought putting a woodstove down there might be nice just to make it a little more comfortable in the winter (it can get into the low 40s down there on a really cold night) and to have back-up heat for power outages.
I’ve always been curious about masonry heaters, and the claim that you can burn them for a few hours a day and then just have the benefit of the residual heat throughout the day. I know they wouldn’t be great in well-insulated houses, but mine is far from that.
Would you just put a wood stove in the old flue, or would you consider investing in a masonry heater if you were me?
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