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Cast Iron Baseboard

Is considered the 2nd best in heating comfort... I would install it over panelings as its take only lower wall spaces and below windows where its needed.... Zonings and mod/con boiler with od reset... The way to go....


  • RianS
    RianS Member Posts: 104
    New home

    I got a call today from a small builder who is building a 3500 sq. ranch with 2500 sq. finished in the walk out basement. The customer wants to heat with cast iron baseboard. It's been a long time since we did anything with cast iron baseboard and I was just trying to get some opinions. I was thinking about a home run system with a common return down the center of the home. We tryed to sell him on panel rads. but he really wants cast iron. We do about 4 homes a year for this builder and they are mostly radiant in floor with heat pumps. So what do you fellow wet heads think?? Heat load is 96,020BTU.
  • Long Beach Ed
    Long Beach Ed Member Posts: 1,202
    Beware the Chinese Stuff

    I know of two suppliers of the cast iron baseboards. One makes them in China and one makes them in China during their peak months. Try to get the American stuff if you can. The Chinese is machined poorly and sometimes filled with casting sand. I've spent many hours stopping leaks in the nipples of the Chinese stuff.

    If you do have to use it, hook it up to water pressure and test for leaks before you install it.

    Cast iron baseboard is great stuff, gives very steady heat and doesn't dent and ding before the walls are even painted.

    Long Beach Ed
  • Pat_11
    Pat_11 Member Posts: 49
    Cast Iron Baseboard

    Burnham 9A is the way to go. Quite, clean, and goes together easily.
  • I agree

    CIBB is a great 2nd choice, just size the system for lower return temps and a mod/con will really shine!!

  • D107
    D107 Member Posts: 1,849
    So you're saying CIBB is 2nd choice to CI rads or to radiant?

    Does CIBB hold heat as long as CI rads? I assume it holds the heat longer than the steel panel rads. If one had a cast iron rad zone and a cibb zone, could they run on one temp assuming the load to loss ratio of each zone was about the same?


  • David

    I would say yes, CI is CI and provided they are both sized correctly to the rooms HL, same water temp.,and properly located on the wall, provided the CIBB is not robbed of airflow(by furniture placement)being more streamlined it should be the same.

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