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Heating Pipe?

In Seattle at our daughter's old condo, there is a vertical pipe in the corner of the bathroom. According to her fiancé, a worker once told him that this is a pipe installed specifically to heat the bathroom since there was not room for a radiator.

Anyone ever seen anything like this? It definitely emits a lot of heat. I thought just a riser but if so why not put it in the wall?

Happy Thanksgiving!
Eric Peterson



  • Gsmith
    Gsmith Member Posts: 425
    yes often done to heat bathrooms and sometimes kitchens in urban areas.
  • bburd
    bburd Member Posts: 681
    That was the standard way to heat apartment bathrooms in New York City for many years. It’s just a steam pipe, with an air vent on the top floor. Works fine and takes little space.

  • EricPeterson
    EricPeterson Member Posts: 141
    No steam here just hot water. But it gets plenty hot!

  • bburd
    bburd Member Posts: 681
    edited November 2022
    Same principle. But with steam you can do it with one pipe.