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Steam radiator and furniture

hjw09hjw09 Posts: 11Member
Hi I just had to rearrange my daughters bedroom. I moved her wooden vanity over her steam radiator. Will this be a safety issue once heating season comes back around?
Thank you in advance


  • JUGHNEJUGHNE Posts: 5,778Member
    The rad will be less than 200 degrees, probably 185.
    Well below the ignition temp of paper.
    It may dry out the wood of the furniture though.

    And if over the top of the rad it will reduce the convective heat delivery around the room. Will feel good on the knees though.
  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Posts: 10,644Member
    Where it's over the top of the radiator like that, it will reduce the heat output some -- but not all that much.

    What it will do is take any liquid or paste material stored in the drawer and dry it out...

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  • hjw09hjw09 Posts: 11Member
    Thank you for the reply. That’s what I figured I told her to store any lipstick or any other type of cosmetic in a separate drawer.
  • hjw09hjw09 Posts: 11Member
    The rooms in these old houses are not very forgiving for modern furniture Thank you for the responses
  • Danny ScullyDanny Scully Posts: 1,191Member
    It looks like it was repiped for this purpose once before.
  • SteamheadSteamhead Posts: 13,117Member
    That radiator is newer than the house. The original was probably a tall radiator that sat in the corner, and had to be replaced for some reason.
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