Insulating cellar ceiling

Bluesman:
B > I have a 100 year old colonial in the northeast with an oil burner and B > fhw. In the winter my kitchen gets very cold. The heating design was B > terrible, with only a small baseboard heater along an outside wall. B > (all other rooms have big radiators.) B > B > Would insulating the ceiling in the cellar help? The cellar does not B > get ridiculously cold, but for $75 worth of insulation and a staple B > gun, it would be apretty cheap fix. B > B > Also, is there anything I can do to get more heat into the kitchen B > short of putting in a new radiator?
As you said, insulating the floor probably wouldn't hurt. Is there insulation in the walls, properly sealed windows? Also check for ceiling insulation: when I was growing up in my parents' house (not nearly as old as your's) my bedroom was _COLD_ in winter. Plenty of heat coming out the vents (forced air, oil burner). Dad eventually went into the attic and found the first three or four feet had insulation - the majority of my bedroom's ceiling was only separated from the outside by the ceiling! Much better (and cooler in summer) when he finished insulating.
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Insulating almost never hurts. There are small electric kickspace heaters (some with thermostats and timers) that fit under cabinets to give a kitchen an extra kick of heat (no pun intended).
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