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Anyone convert a cast-iron radiator to electric?
This may be crazy, but hear me out. I am thinking (constantly, it seems) about different options for heating a new bathroom in an old house that currently uses steam heat everywhere else.
Adding steam to that new room won't be easy, so now I'm thinking about something electric. I'd love to have the look of the old cast iron radiator, but an electric system. My thought is to buy a salvaged cast-iron radiator, plug the air vent, fill the radiator with water and then on the inlet port, fit a hot water heater element (the ceramic insulated type), that is attached to a thermostat. This would give me the *look* of the old radiator without incurring the trouble of steam.
I know there are oil-filled radiators at Walmart, etc. but I don't want the modern look of all the controls on the side. I think my idea would be pretty stealth, especially if I used some cast iron pipe as the "conduit" for the wire.
What do people think? Feasible?