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Vent on ceiling radiator

We're sprucing up the basement a bit to act as a gameroom, and I'd like to add a couple of small wall radiators to keep the space warmer. This'll mean mounting them on the (basement) ceiling. This is one pipe steam. Any thoughts on the best orientation/placement for the radiator vent? Mounted this way, you essentially have a 3" tall radiator, so I'm guessing the rule of thumb of mounting the vent 1/3 up from the bottom of the radiator may not apply, exactly.

Thanks,

Patrick

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  • JStar
    JStar Member Posts: 2,752
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    Depending on the radiator and style of sections, you'll have to be very particular about the radiator's pitch. A wall radiator is designed to work one way. As for the vent, I would mount it on the opposite corner of the supply valve.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,831
    edited August 2011
    The radiator should have a slight pitch

    down toward the supply valve. So you won't be hanging it quite level.



    The air vent should go on the side opposite the valve, about halfway between the lowest and highest areas of the rad. This will keep condensate away from it.



    Be sure the rad is anchored firmly into the overhead joists, using heavy lag screws. My partner Gordo came up with a way to support the rad and raise it into position. Go here:



    http://www.heatinghelp.com/forum-thread/135021/Re-hanging-a-ceiling-radiator
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  • Patrick_North
    Patrick_North Member Posts: 249
    Cool-

    Looks nice and sturdy- I'll definitely steal that idea.

    And what was the verdict? Was the added heat worth the effort?

    Thanks,

    Patrick
  • Greg Maxwell
    Greg Maxwell Member Posts: 212
    Ceiling Radiator

    You've probably already thought of this, but be careful in mounting that wall rad on the ceiling. It is not made for that. Be sure you can accomodate the condensation, as well as take care of venting.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,831
    I think it was

    the best part was the system heated evenly and didn't bang when we were done. 
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    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
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