Remember heat rises, normally the up stairs will be warmer than down. So put the stove down.
Air flow is a funny thing you never quite know where the best place for the stove will be to get the best heat flow. Fans are a good thing
Central in your house is usually a good place.
Wood heat is drying, but that’s an easy fix. In our case we live in a house that’s holds moisture so we need the stove to dry us out to prevent mold.
You load the stove according to how warm you want it. Some stoves hold fire longer. The more wood the more heat output normally. Of course you can damper it down but then that makes your chimney and stove gunck up.
Stoves should not be installed on an outside wall as you don’t want to have the heat radiate outside and also chimneys need to be warm.
The stove with the closest clearance to a combustible wall is a Lopi Endeavor with 4.5 inches.
We love wood heat. I was raised with it and we just took out a Toyo oil heater and installed wood stove. Our last place we heated with a wood cook stove, granted it was a small place.
I clean our out when it needs it which is every couple of weeks for burning red fir. Some hard woods we where burning required every couple of days. Different wood burn different ways after awhile you find what you prefer to burn.
We go and get the wood ourselves which is much cheaper than buying it. Granted my Daddy gave me a chainsaw and we have a trailer we use for hauling the wood home.
We think it will take about 5 cords to heat our home this winter we have 6+ and just bought a permit for 3 more cords. We are getting Red Fir, White Fir and Tamarack We want to starting next year have at least a years worth of fire wood head of what we need. We didn’t have time this year to do that stockpiling.
Large old homes depending on the size and insulation and your area, might take 2 stoves to heat in the dead of winter.
We live in a 1940 house with NO insulation 1,000 sf, it was heated with one Toyo Heater so we installed a small wood stove central in our living room. Our only back up heat is electric heaters, 2 walls and one plug in. We used them last year when we ran out of oil on a Friday night
Enjoy your old house