I have a new woodburning stove on the 1st floor of my home and would like to maximize the distribution of the heat. I wondered if I installed a fan similar to an exhaust fan behind the woodstove using a 4" venting pipe through the wall down to the basement, would that pull heat down. Any thoughts or suggestions?
I've done this successfully with a wood stove to move heat from one room to another. Since heat rises you'll ideally want to move the heat from the wall near the ceiling above the wood stove and run it through ductwork to the lower floor releasing it at floor level away from the stairwell.
There are some excellent in-line quiet fans that would work well for this type of application.
You can set it up for either manual or thermostatic control.