I am wondering if anyone has information that can help on this one.
I inspected a 1,100 square foot single story home yesterday, built in 1905. The house was heated by only a 20K BTU, Heat N Glo, Vienna I, freestanding natural gas fireplace.
I am used to seeing these as supplemental to an electric heat source, and/ or just plain used as a decorative appliance. In this case I am not convinced that a 20K unit is sufficient to heat an old home, which has only R-30 in the attic, apppears to have nothing in the walls, and a partially insulated sub floor.
The home had electric baseboards that had been removed, and this happens to be the only source of heat left. I have been trying to locate information through the manufactuers’ website, and they don’t have a direct number to call. In fact they say to call a dealer if there are questions. My attempts to locate information from a local dealer have also been fruitless.
Does anyone know of any documentation, codes, or other standards that can be used to support or refute the conclusion that this stove is too small, or OK…besides the obvious statements I already made to the buyer inidcating that I am pretty sure it is undersized given the conditions.
I told the buyer I would attempt to help locate some information, both to help her, and to increase my knowledge base. She is also doing her own due diligence on the matter.
Any help is appreciated.