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Need to add BTU with as little hassle as possible.

pm124 Member Posts: 34
I have an oversized boiler and a cold top floor. That means more BTU! There are lots of local suppliers of steam radiators here. But it is possible to find 2 of the same height with plugs at the top, remove the plug, and connect them that way? It seems a lot easier than putting a T connection at the steam outlet, moving the existing radiator, repainting the wall behind the radiator, etc.


  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 15,325
    The problem is... where would the condensate go? So... no, not really.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.
    Hoffman Equipped System (all original except boiler), Weil-Mclain 580, 2.75 gph Carlin, Vapourstat 0.5 -- 6.0 ounces per square inch
  • brandonf
    brandonf Member Posts: 188
    Just an amateur here. But a few more details would help. Is the current rad getting hot? All the way across? Is it one pipe or two pipe? Is there room for a larger rad? Pictures are extremely helpful also.
    Homeowner, Entrepreneur, Mechanic, Electrician,

    "The toes you step on today are connected to the butt you'll have to kiss tomorrow". ---Vincent "Buddy" Cianci
  • mikeg2015
    mikeg2015 Member Posts: 1,181
    Can you reduce the output of the 1st floor radiators? Otherwise could install a single larger radiator on the top floor?

    Might be able to add a small fan and “boost” existing radiator on the top floor.
  • New England SteamWorks
    New England SteamWorks Member Posts: 1,407
    I seriously doubt the size of your radiators is the issue. This sounds like a venting issue, but we need more details.
    New England SteamWorks
    Service, Installation, & Restoration of Steam Heating Systems
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