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Cast iron rad

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by greenbacker, 27 Jan 2017.

  1. greenbacker

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    Hi,

    Can anybody help me identify if the attached rad is a cast iron or steel radiator? Its from my old place and they such a good job at heating that I am wanting the same or similar.

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  3. foxhole

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    If they were efficient then probably cast iron , have one in the lounge as they are very efficient for such a small footprint .
     
  4. dilalio

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    All depends on the setting... your photo depicts a setting that would bug the hell out of me as it looks odd protruding above the window sill/cill!
     
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    That was my first thought!
     
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    Cast iron.
     
  7. muggles

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    Looks like tubular steel to me
     
  8. empty-seat

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    You wouldn't want traditional cast iron radiators in a modern house. They won't look right, are far more expensive, and the performance is debatable.

    If you have a very grand period house then cast iron radiators are essential, otherwise you'll get fantastic output from a modern radiator for a fraction of the cost.
     
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    Definitely Cast iron - the giveaway is in the legs.
     
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    Definitely... Although I was looking at the bush at the bottom ;)
     
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  12. dilalio

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    And the bolted wall bracket to stop some iriot pulling on top of themselves !
     
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    Cast iron rads have a longer heat up time due to the larger water content and the higher specific heat of the large mass of the iron. Equally a longer cool down time.

    Lower heat output for the size. If you must buy them then carefully look at the heat output on the specs.

    I have seen people buy used ones and then become unhappy with the lower heat output than they expected.

    Tony
     
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  14. greenbacker

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    Thanks all. Its for a 1900 cottage style house with a mix of single and double panels at the moment. Hoping to change them all out over time.
     
  15. empty-seat

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    If you have a decent budget check out the Arroll Neo Classics. Really good quality cast iron rads.
     
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