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steam radiators

Missy Member Posts: 1
We just bought a house and all but one radiator was stolen.  What are the options we have as far as other forms of heat?  Help we cant move in till we figure this out.


  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,719
    edited January 2011
    Where are you located?

    you might find someplace near you here:


    Salvage companies and architectural-reuse places are usually good bets.

    This is steam and not hot-water, correct?
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
  • Patrick_North
    Patrick_North Member Posts: 249
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    Ugh. Here's hoping insurance will help you out.

    Check ebay and Craigslist BUT beware of pricing. Some folks seem to think that the cast iron rads they're trying to dispose of are made of some precious metal. While truly rare or ornate radiators can fetch $$$, many of the prices I see are- in my opinion- unrealistic. In other words, negotiate!

    Also, this is a rare opportunity to install radiators that are appropriately sized for your house's heat loss. Many homeowners with steam heat have more and larger radiators than they needs. With fewer/smaller radiators you can get away with a smaller boiler which obviously costs less to purchase and run.

    A book available through this site, "We Got Steam Heat" is an excellent primer for homeowners new to steam. It's a quick read and could prove invaluable in this situation.

    Best of luck,

  • Chris M_2
    Chris M_2 Member Posts: 67
    Steam Radiators (steel)

    Check out this site for new radiators. They're not cast iron.. They're made of steel.  A lot easier to install (that'll help the labor costs) because they're a fraction of the weight of cast iron radiators. http://www.steamradiators.com/     I have two of these in my own house (installed them myself), and couldn't be happier.  There are charts on the site for sizing and heat output. 
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