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My Vermont Castings Defiant wood stove of 25 years bit the dust...the interior fire back warped, cracked, rusted through and now it's VERY inefficient so I'm wondering options. our back up is electric heat so I'm thinking down the line to a radient system as back up system for the present and primary system for the future. We have only one chimney. It's tile lined. (this is Western Mass... 4-6 cords/winter territory)
So I'm thinking, could I get by with a furnace in the cellar in the same flue that a wood stove would go into considering the fact that I'd not use both at the same time. Is this code? The alternative is scratch the "wood" stove and save the chimney for the new furnace in the cellar and direct vent a pellet stove out a wall. 'Course I've got 7 cords of wood allready but it's the long term I'm thinking... Thanks for your ideas.