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Cast Iron Rad...

  • 26-02-2010 9:22pm
    Closed Accounts Posts: 12,811 ✭✭✭✭

    Hi gang,

    I have a cast iron rad in one room in the house. I am in the process of doing up the room and am wondering wether I should keep it or fit a modern one in its place.


    It is basically the same as the one shown except it the supply pipe entering at the top of the rad.

    Are they inefficient? Would I get much for it if I sold it?

    How big a rad would I need to buy to replace it?

    I do find that it gives out a lot of heat and stays warm for a long time after the boiler has switched off. Should I leave well enough alone?

    The thoughts of moving it out of the house if I do replace it scares me, it is a mental weight!


  • Registered Users Posts: 44,080 ✭✭✭✭Micky Dolenz

    If your happy with the heat it throws out, you should keep it.

    If you want to change it, post the size of the room and number of external walls for a heat calculation, this will give you the size of the new rad.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,515 ✭✭✭Outkast_IRE

    If the room is warm enough keep it , these rads are a nice feature in the room i think.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12,811 ✭✭✭✭Slidey

    It is 15' x 12'.

    2 external walls and one shared wall with a basically unheated house nextdoor. They are mass concrete but insulated with foilbacked thermaboard.

    Personally I like the rad but it is just that someone said to me that they were inefficient because of the amount of water it takes to fill it

  • Registered Users Posts: 44,080 ✭✭✭✭Micky Dolenz

    roughly, you would need a rad that gives out 7200 BTU's.

    I'd keep it, they are quite nice.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12,811 ✭✭✭✭Slidey

    Best get sanding so and give it a lick of paint, it doesn't quite match the one i posted at the minute :P

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 672 ✭✭✭items

    Go easy on paint, use dedicated radiator enamel or you'll forever be sweeping up flaking paint.

    Like all above holding onto cast iron rads is a good call, best looking rad out there.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,262 ✭✭✭✭Joey the lips

    Smashing looking rad. Never get rid of it but then again... If there is a women in the house and she says its going..... Its gone.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12,811 ✭✭✭✭Slidey

    Ah, the interfering woman isn't an issue.... yet :D