Can a 30 gal steel drum barrel stove inside a 55 gal drum heat chamber be integrated into existing HVAC? Answered
I want to make a wood burning stove in my basement using a 30 gal steel drum for the burn chamber. Now the interesting part: The 30 gal drum will be inside a 55 gal drum, which will be the heat chamber. Will I be able to use this setup to partially or fully heat the 2000 sq ft upstairs? I was thinking of using a below grade through the wall stovepipe kit with integrated cold air return hooked to the 30 gal barrel, and then attaching the 55 gal heat chamber into the existing HVAC ducting. I would create the burn chamber with one of the many barrel stove kits like those available from US Stove.
Bonus question: if this is possible, can I double the fun with a tandem setup (side-by-side or stacked) connecting the outer 55 gal heat chambers with a duct?