Towel radiator heating element, use in kitchen

2 Jan 2008
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United Kingdom
Our kitchen is inadequately heated and i would like to add 2 electric element heated radiators or possibly towel radiators. I appreciate this is not the most efficient heating method but the off-the-shelf oil-filled ones are not attractive. I see Screwfix etc sell these elements:

I have a few questions:
1) Can they be used with traditonal rads rather than towel rads?
2) Am I correct in thinking the radiator is simply filled with water, leaving a 50mm expansion gap?
3) is it essential to connect via a 13A FCU, why can they not simply be plugged in?
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