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Curved Radiator

The first one I've seen on my route. One hundred year old house in the Berkeley Hills. The boiler, radiators and piping are untouched.
Often wrong, never in doubt.
HillykcoppChrisJ

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  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 5,306
    Beautiful rads, served by a snowman!
    steve
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 11,974
    I thought snowmen were round and tall?
    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
  • HVACNUT
    HVACNUT Member Posts: 4,194
    That's really cool!
    The interior designers must have had there hands full the the original owner.
    And pay no attention to the white blanket no matter how cuddly it looks.
  • I particularly liked the thermometer.
    Often wrong, never in doubt.
    HillykcoppChrisJ
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,838
    That's an Italian Flue radiator. Probably the first curved one I've seen of that type. A classic!
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    Turbo Dave
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 15,429
    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, Alan.
    Retired and loving it.
  • newagedawn
    newagedawn Member Posts: 586
    nice piece of history there, very cool
    "The bitter taste of a poor install lasts far longer than the JOY of the lowest price"
  • Henry
    Henry Member Posts: 988
    I have seen curved radiators here in the wealthy areas. Do you have any idea what make boiler that is?
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,838
    Bryant. Says so on the thermometer. Might be one of their first model series.
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  • The owner wants to upgrade his boiler. My first thought is to replace it with a Viessmann Vitocrossal CU3A with a sidearm water heater, replacing all the radiator valves with TRV's.
    Often wrong, never in doubt.
  • HVACNUT
    HVACNUT Member Posts: 4,194
    > @Steamhead said:
    > Bryant. Says so on the thermometer. Might be one of their first model series.
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    >
    >> Alan said it's probably about 100 years old, but was Bryant on their own, or were they a subsidiary of that other company? You know, that company that touted it was gonna save American jobs, but went to Mexico anyway. The one where that guy stood in front of the corporate logo, and promised. That company.
  • Fred
    Fred Member Posts: 8,518
    Beautiful !!! If it were my house, I'd not change a thing. The history there would be worth more, to me, than any improvement in efficiency.
  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 10,276
    Ah, the old days!! A low voltage limit aquastat, a thermostat, no low water cutoff and a diaphragm gas valve.

    Life was good!! What do we need modern controls and circuit boards for anyhow??
  • HVACNUT
    HVACNUT Member Posts: 4,194
    > @Fred said:
    > Beautiful !!! If it were my house, I'd not change a thing. The history there would be worth more, to me, than any improvement in efficiency.
    >
    >
    >> I'd do the same, except for the boiler. That would scare the crap out of me. I'd convert to oil. Lol.
    That is asbestos right?
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,838
    HVACNUT said:

    > @Steamhead said:

    > Bryant. Says so on the thermometer. Might be one of their first model series.

    >

    >

    >> Alan said it's probably about 100 years old, but was Bryant on their own, or were they a subsidiary of that other company? You know, that company that touted it was gonna save American jobs, but went to Mexico anyway. The one where that guy stood in front of the corporate logo, and promised. That company.

    Long, long ago, in what seems like a galaxy far away these days.......

    Bryant didn't get gobbled up until sometime in the last couple decades or so.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
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  • Fred
    Fred Member Posts: 8,518
    @HVACNUT , yep, that is asbestos but it is intact and looks like it's in great shape.
  • flat_twin
    flat_twin Member Posts: 291
    Do you suppose they built that radiator on site? Would the egg shape of the push nipples be enough to allow that curve? Secured with curved rods too?
  • unclejohn
    unclejohn Member Posts: 1,749
    I would fer sure get rid of that gas valve and cock err shut off valve. Also I would paint a big skull and under it a wrench and hammer.
  • Fred
    Fred Member Posts: 8,518
    I agree with @unclejohn . I would get rid of that old gas valve and the shut off valve (they always tend to leak a bit around the stem but I'd keep the boiler.
    @flat_twin , that radiator looks like it has 5 or 6 straight sections on each end and only the center 3 or four center sections are curved. Maybe they had curved nipples for that center section and the rods only had to be bent in the center??