Can anyone provide a method to estimate the gas flow rate to sustain a pilot light, using just the apparent size (flame width and length) and reasonable assumptions for things like gas line pressure?
Note that we have our gas (propane) delivered, not continuously metered, so no response that amounts to "don't use any other gas, and see how much is used" is going to work. I can't go days or weeks not using gas :).
Once I have a flow rate for the pilot light, in addition to determining the actual gas use per time period, I will convert it to equivalent energy units with electricity and compare it to other "vampire" or continuous baseline loads.
Edit to answer comments:
Some good ideas there, but unfortunately not applicable. HighlyIrregular's suggestion is not feasible because there is always a safety to shut off gas flow if the flame is out, and it is not accessible enough otherwise. As to weighing, I have a 500 gal underground tank! And for EnergyNumbers, unfortunately it is not a water boiler but just heating air.
The best solution may be inspired by Flyto, along the lines of the "I'll trade the barometer to the building superintendent in exchange for the building plans" solution to "how high is the building" - i.e., try to look up some specs for the device and see if there is burn rate info.