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post #1291 of 2559
The ones you have posted are modern radiator-batteries.
I have to go with these:https://www.castrads.com/cast-iron-radiators/ornate-radiators/king-768mm/
...and I would need 5 of them ffffuuuu.gif
post #1292 of 2559

There are many options for old refurbished rads.

 

http://www.antiqueplumbingandradiators.com/

http://www.historichouseparts.com/antique_radiators.html

http://www.heatinghelp.com/forum-thread/133805/Steam-Radiator-availability

 

By the way, the Heating Help forum is indispensable for anyone looking to do heating or cooling work on a house. Those guys were great when I had to replace a steam boiler.

 

lefty

post #1293 of 2559
I'd imagine you'd be able to find refurb radiators fairly easily. That would certainly be the first thing I would try.
post #1294 of 2559
Probably look very unique too.
post #1295 of 2559
Definitely. And have patina, which is the best part about older things.
post #1296 of 2559
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

I'd imagine you'd be able to find refurb radiators fairly easily. That would certainly be the first thing I would try.

+1

Look for an architectural antiques dealer. There is one in DC that had hundreds of them. You probably have to invest in having the innards cleaned but its worth it.
post #1297 of 2559

I had mine sandblasted and repainted. They are pretty much indestructible.

 

The only bitch about buying online is shipping. These things are monstrously heavy.

 

And make sure you know if you have steam or water rads. The first has a single connection and the later two.

 

lefty

post #1298 of 2559
Thread Starter 
A lot of architectural salvage places have old radiators but if you are looking for a particular style it will be very hit-and-miss. Add in a size variable on top of that and it will be near-impossible.

And they still cost a fucking fortune even at salvage places. Add in any work you have to do after the fact and you're long past the point of buying new.

Which is why they cost $700 a pop new.
post #1299 of 2559
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A lot of architectural salvage places have old radiators but if you are looking for a particular style it will be very hit-and-miss. Add in a size variable on top of that and it will be near-impossible.

And they still cost a fucking fortune even at salvage places. Add in any work you have to do after the fact and you're long past the point of buying new.

Which is why they cost $700 a pop new.

Not sure if I agree. If the place is in your area, likely they'll be salvaging from similar homes. Its not like there were a million different styles. You're unlikely to find the perfect fit but you'll likely get very close with a bit of time. Radiators are pretty common items.

Even if it did cost more, its better to have the period piece.
post #1300 of 2559

Actually there are a lot of styles and designs. In my last house every rad was different. My plumber called it a museum of radiators. It will be frustrating if you need to find an exact match, but once you do refurbishing is quite easy. A high pressure flush and some sandblasting. I found a guy who did it for about $70/rad.

 

lefty

post #1301 of 2559
I recently bought a load of cast iron rads from http://www.theoldradiatorcompany.co.uk/. They make up radiators to your spec from genuine old radiator sections, completely refurbishing them inside and out. I'm in the process of plumbing them in now. They look absolutely fantastic.
post #1302 of 2559
^^^ Wow, they look great.
post #1303 of 2559
Since we're on the topic of heating. Do you guys have any idea on where to source nice looking returns/vents for the wall. I would like to find one with an outside frame that I can set into the wall and tape the seems. I dislike the ones that are required to protrude from the wall.

The registers in the floor are easier to find in a relatively decent quality and a frame can be made into a wood floor.
post #1304 of 2559
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^^^ Wow, they look great.

We got these for the reception rooms and some cheaper reproduction ones for bedrooms (as it would have blown our budget to have the good ones throughout), and the difference is obvious. What's also remarkable is that the old refurbished ones are all within a couple of mm of the specified lengths, while the modern ones are much less accurate.
post #1305 of 2559

A friend has this great rad in his kitchen. About a three foot cube of pipe with horizontal rad on the top and another about halfway down as a shelf. Looks like a cocktail table and was designed (in 1906) to be used as a warming table.  

 

lefty

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