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New Natural gas wood stove and steam heat.
Hi everyone. I am in need of some advice. We purchased a Regency natural gas burning wood stove last winter. We own a 2 story home that is heated with a 1 pipe steam heat system. The boiler is a Burnham.
On our first floor we have a french door that separates the first level and the second level. We have to keep the door closed to keep our pets out and our baby in. Located on the first floor are three steam radiators and the stove.
The down stairs (first level) heats up pretty quick as you could guess with that new stove. The thermostat for the boiler is also located on the first floor. The stove has it's own Thermostat (fire genie). The problem we have obviously is that the stove heats the first level where the main thermostat is located and it shuts it off of course leaving the upstairs with no heat. I realize the answer to that issue is move the thermostat.
We are installing a wireless thermostat with comfort control that can be placed anywhere in the home. My question is, Can I just shutoff the steam radiators on the first floor by closing their air vents without causing any problems with the boiler (it's only 5 years old and is natural gas too) or do I have to bite the bullet and purchase TRV's for the 3 radiators on the first floor?
I would appreciate any help/suggestions,