Re: Building a custom radiator
Posted by e-plumber on February 01, 2004 at 11:12:30:
In response to Re: Building a custom radiator
: Hi all,

: I would like to convert a one pipe monoflow hot watr system to a baseboard loop. The problem is that the job spec requires I keep the radiators under the windows only. Doing so will not allow for suffucient BTU output. I looked into various types of alternative radiators, but was shocked by how expensive they became.

: My question is, can I build my own custom radiator by stacking one baseboard elemnt on top of another adn if so, should I pipe the water flow through one then the other using lots of ells, or should I use a monoflow tee to divert the flow through each element.

: My guess is that I am not the first person to think of this, so if there happen to be any commercially available solutions like this, I would love to hear about them too. Thanks!

: Charlie

Reply:
If you need to keep the radiation under the windows only and the windows are conventional sized windows (not wall to wall), baseboard elements will not work. I would suggest using recessed cast iron radiators. Depending on how the existing piping is now installed and jobsite conditions, you may need to run a complete new piping loop. In any event, you should have a heat loss calculation done to determine the exact heating requirements for each room.
Good Luck. e-plumber


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