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Sourcing free standing radiator covers

scottie_2
scottie_2 Member Posts: 14
Hello wall!
     I am looking for radiator covers for my free standing 1 pipe steam radiators. I have some existing metal covers on some radiators, and looking for similar ones for the other uncovered radiators. I tried finding them local (greater Boston area) but didn’t find any. I found one source online (shutter shack NY) but was quite surprised by the cost $$.
Anyone know where I can still find these?
thank you

Comments

  • SlamDunk
    SlamDunk Member Posts: 1,360
    edited July 2022
    https://arscometals.com/products/covers/

    Purchased several from here. Very good quality. Price: not so cheap but not too expensive either.
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,755
    That type of cover will reduce the radiator's output by about a third, and your fuel consumption will reflect it.
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    Towson, MD, USA
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  • scottie_2
    scottie_2 Member Posts: 14
    @slamdunk thanks for the reply. They look more affordable than the place I found.

    yes steamhead I’m aware of the covers affect on heat output. It’s a shame to cover these radiators, but the house is going to be rented with children. Don’t need a burn liability. I remember Dan Holohan posting a story about a lawsuit from tenant getting burned from a radiators not too long ago
    EdTheHeaterMan
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 15,755
    @scottie_2 , if the tops of the covers have grilles, more of the heat can get out of the cover.

    We had some articles on the main site showing this, but I can't find them quickly.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 1,982
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  • scottie_2
    scottie_2 Member Posts: 14
    edited July 2022
    Thank you for the radiator covers feedback as it concerns efficiency. The problem with covers is finding ones that will work better, like some that are in the article linked above. I guess I could drill holes in the tops….
    here is the article I was referring to as a landlord’s liability with steam radiators: https://heatinghelp.com/blog/the-case-for-radiator-covers/