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cast iron baseray baseboard

jrhugs Member Posts: 1
I'd like to replace a radiator,located in an entry hall,with 6' cast iron baseboard.renovating whole area and would like to get rid of rad to save space.Burnham specs. don;t recomend Baseray be used on 1-pipe steam.I already have a Baseray in small room and it works fine.


  • j a_2
    j a_2 Member Posts: 1,801
    I agree

    Hello  I must agree with Burnham and Dan..It is written everywhere that you always go buy the manufactures specs..And for many good reasons...On the common sense side I would never install baseray for one pipe steam..A 6 footer pitched 1/4 in per foot would look like the installer forgot his level and  had one too many at lunch...As far as the one you have and it works..steam systems work for 75 to 100 years so after that I guess you could say it woks but its still crooked...I hope I helped as that is my intention  J A
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,842
    If you want to use Baseray

    you will have to run a return line to drain it.

    If the system has a wet return (running below the boiler's waterline) you can just tie it into that. The standing water will keep steam from backing into the Baseray.

    If the system has a dry return (above the boiler's waterline) you will need to install a water seal to keep air or steam from backing up into the Baseray. You can also return condensate directly to the steam main using this method. This is covered on page 100 of Lost Art.
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