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radiator cover box design question

Zach_2 Member Posts: 41
hi all,

I have a one pipe steam system and i am currently building some boxes to cover the radiators so (a) my 2 year doesn't touch the hot rads and (b) my 2 year doesn't crash his cars into the rads spraying (confirmed) lead paint chips everywhere.

i have made the basic frame (see pictures) and I plan on filling in the open spaces with perforated metal.

my main question is what i should do for the top. i know that a solid top will cause some efficiency loss, but is that really a big deal? at this point I am considering two top designs:

1. solid wood top with routed edges

2. open frame (like the sides) with perforated metal.

any opinions or thoughts? thanks!