While investigating my low water debacle
, I took an ancient grate off my basement wall and discovered this monstrosity:
You can't see it, but just to the left of the opening, the bottom of this radiator connects to the dry return below it. This is about 15 feet from the boiler, running straight off the supply line to the radiators on the first level. As you might expect, it only gets slightly warm, and only along the top. Immediately, I had these thoughts:
(1) There's no main vent anywhere along that supply line--no wonder the radiators on the first level hiss.
(2) What's the point of a radiator without a vent?
(3) Why the !@$#
@ do I have a radiator a few feet from the boiler at all? I need more heat in my sweltering basement like I need a hole in my combustion chamber.
(4) I can think of much better uses for precious wall space in the basement than this. A heat-recovery ventilator comes to mind.
Which led to the obvious:
(4) Can/should I remove this beast, add a main vent here, install an access panel in front of it, and close up this poor wall?