I have an In-Law Apartment. 800 sq. ft. The basement is unfinished and is also 800 sq. ft. I have purchased a Pellet Stove (heats 2,000 sq. ft.) I am trying to heat the entire In-Law Apartment with the Pellet Stove placed in the basement.
My question is this. Can I use ventilated vinyl soffit for ceiling material to allow the heat to travel through the subfloor? If not, can I use accoustical ceiling tile?
Any responses are greatly appreciated.
Last edited by BCav12861; 08-15-2008 at 06:05 PM.
Reason: Forgot to include ceiling material option
Let me make sure I understand correctly. The in-law apartment is on the first floor and you intend to put the stove in the unfinished basement beneath the apartment in hopes that the heat will pass through the floor? Are you installing a ceiling in the unfinished basement?
If that's the case, I don't think it will be very effective. It will certainly heat the basement pretty well, but I don't think the results will be all that great at the first floor level. I would be concerned with using vinyl soffit material in the basement above the stove if the heat output is significant at all.
Do you have a manufacturer's installation instruction guide for the stove? It may discuss what building materials are ok within a certain proximity. It may also discuss combustion air requirements and ventilation of the stove, which will keep it from killing anyone with carbon monoxide.