Cast iron rad

27 Jan 2017
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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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If they were efficient then probably cast iron , have one in the lounge as they are very efficient for such a small footprint .
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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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.
Definitely Cast iron - the giveaway is in the legs.
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.

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.

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