So on these units their is no ducted heat to the garage, only heat source is the electric fireplace.
Has anyone ditched the electric fireplace and installed a gas fireplace?
Id like to get some more heat in there as well as have a more viable temporary/backup heat source should the forced air furnace bite the dust during the winter months.
During the last couple winters i have just supplemented the electric fireplace with another electric heater and it works, its just not the most ideal situation, i have little faith in those little electric heaters and the electrical load adds up in a hurry when theirs a ~25amp load just to heat the garage.
Given the fact that i know the 2 1500w heaters are capable of heating that space, i know i need at least 10k/btu to do the job of heating the garage/rear living space.
The 35k forced air doesnt have an issue heating the rest of the unit all winter, i had quickly thought about ducting the forced air to the rear and upgrading the furnace. but the largest furnace (from suburban) that would fit in the existing spot is 42k/btu, which i believe would not be sufficient to heat the entire trailer during the winter, it also would leave me with a 'single' heat source and likely one heck of a miserable job to duct it back there
Thus i have thought about a gas fireplace, in the same location as the electric fireplace. There is gas already plumbed on the other side of the wall (water heater) and power there (obviously lol). my only concern would be venting. i dont believe a vertical chimney would be viable, and the unit would need to have a fresh air intake as well.
Anyone tackled a similar project?