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Using vertical pipes as heat
Long time member but infrequent poster here, except when my plumber starts asking me a bunch of questions about how to change my one-pipe steam system.
I'm reconfiguring some rooms on the first floor, leaving them without radiators. There are, however, some vertical pipes that run through the space to feed 2nd and 3rd floor radiators. My contractor suggested just leaving those pipes exposed (they are currently covered by a soffit). Assuming it's enough heat, Is there anything wrong with that? Will there be too much heat loss through the pipe before it gets to the radiator? I see it all the time in NYC apartment buildings.