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Back many years ago when we had a house (split entry) with fireplaces I put in a coal stove with a cover that completely covered the front of the downstairs fireplace and the pipe went up into the chimney flue. I cut in a register to the upstairs and that is how I heated the house. I would burn about 2-3 ton of stove coal a year.

It is nice to build a fire in the fireplace on cool nights but if you plan to heat the whole house you will burn a lot of wood in a winter season and likely need more than one fireplace. The old colonial houses had a fireplace in most every room. Obviously it depends on what part of the country you live but if you get long cold winters then I would think you would burn 8-10 cord of wood running a fireplace all the time.
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