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I'm in love with these radiators.

Had to share with the one online community I knew would really appreciate this!
I'm in the early stages of renovating a Victorian and while I'm nowhere near ready to rehab the steam, well- when you see 'em, buy 'em.
Picked these up near Asheville, NC (a 10 hour drive from Bellefonte, PA, and yes, I'd do it again!) though the seller said they came from a building in Charlseton. They're each about 30"X22". You can see that the configurations are a bit different between them, but the castings are the same. Not sure if these will ultimately be powdercoated or "bronzed" using the technique Mike T. has mentioned on these pages. Regardless- I love 'em.
Anyone with an idea who may have made them, their age, anything?
Thanks,
Patrick


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Comments

  • SuperTech
    SuperTech Member Posts: 1,691
    First of all thank you for preserving a piece of heating history and not ripping out the steam system at your house. Yes those are some fantastic radiators. Single pipe steam? That one picture appears to be a boiler section, what's that about?
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,850
    Hey Pat- good to hear from you!

    Those are probably some sort of flue radiator, but we'd need to see some different angles. And no, I've never seen that design. What a find!
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  • Fred
    Fred Member Posts: 8,518
    Wow, absolutely beautiful. I would have traveled to get them too.
  • KC_Jones
    KC_Jones Member Posts: 4,840
    Awesome!
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  • PatrickNorth
    PatrickNorth Member Posts: 13
    Hey Steamhead!
    What would make it a "flue" radiator?
    Only one of four feet remain- you can see the tabs where feet bolt on. I'll fabricate replacements so they can both be freestanding. The pins on the back reminded me of "indirect" radiators, though these beauties were for sure meant to be seen.
    The tops did seem curious. Wondered if maybe they were intended to be inset into a convector type cabinet.
    Patrick
  • PatrickNorth
    PatrickNorth Member Posts: 13
    Supertech-
    Thanks. After living with the comfort and efficiency of a well tuned steam setup there's no way I'd rip it out.
    It seems like they were most recently used for one pipe steam though they have (what seem to be non-original) plugs on the opposite sides so they may have originally been some sort of two-pipe setup.
    The pins on the back must've been to increase the edr of the radiators.
    Patrick
  • Museum quality-what beauties!—NBC
  • ksd99
    ksd99 Member Posts: 74
    Beautiful.
    New owner of 1 Pipe Steam Boiler - learning all I can- no real steam pro in S.W. Michigan - if you know of 1 -let me know.
  • Phil53
    Phil53 Member Posts: 70
    Maybe we should pay more attention to NC and find out if any more of these are laying around somewhere. Absolutely beautiful!
  • Phil53
    Phil53 Member Posts: 70
    BTW thank you for preserving these awesome examples of heating history.
  • PatrickNorth
    PatrickNorth Member Posts: 13
    Oh man, you're right, Fred- these are LEFT HANDED rads! :D
    Freddelta TErin Holohan Haskellttekushan_3
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 14,850
    That last pic gives me some perspective. These look like wall-mount radiators, but of a design I still haven't seen.

    For the ones that don't have feet, you'll need mounting brackets. OCS makes some but they may not work on those.
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    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
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  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 15,048
    I met a plumber in Asheville a few years back, NY transplant and a fan of Dans. I happened to be walking around downtown area and spotted his shop noticed radiators lying around his yard and walked in.
    He specializes in steam and hydronics around the Asheville area claims a lot of early wealthy eastern shore families had second homes built in that area and had brought steam and radiators along with them when they built those beautiful victorians you see in the area.
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
  • Thou shalt not covet.

    But I can't help myself with those...
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  • Phil53
    Phil53 Member Posts: 70
    Has Crane survived in any fashion to today? Was quite an innovative company during the mid portion of the last century. Are they the same company that made bathroom fixtures?