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Steam Radiator Placement

mcp1 Member Posts: 72
How far off a finished wall should I place my steam radiator? As of now I have it placed 3 1/2'' of the finished wall, but my wife wanted it closer, so I was able to get it about a 1/2'' off the wall. I feel that is to close to the wall. Is there a standard placement away from a wall?


  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,990
    edited June 2016
    The usual distance was 2" off the finished wall. If you're that close, you might want to put an insulating board on the wall while leaving a small air space between the wall and the radiator.
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  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 14,414
    All of mine have the legs touching the shoe molding. If I had to guess, I'd say they're about an inch maybe 1.5" tops off of the wall.
    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • Fred
    Fred Member Posts: 8,541
    All of mine are about 3" off of the wall. You should be able to look at the rest of the radiators in the house but I personally would keep them a couple inches off the wall.
  • mcp1
    mcp1 Member Posts: 72
    Thank you, I appreciate your help.