Radiator cover

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Project by SteveE posted 08-16-2009 08:31 PM 2121 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A radiator cover that I made to match our kitchen cabinets. The style is pretty close. The dye/staining job turned out a bit darker than and finish was a bit mote satiny than the cabinets. Overall, much better looking than the naked radiator.

Questions and comments welcome.

-- Measure twice, cut once, bang into place

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#1 posted 08-16-2009 08:42 PM

Looks great .I’ve never made a radiator cover but I thought they needed more air space openings.


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#2 posted 08-16-2009 08:56 PM

Great job, It looks realy good.

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#3 posted 08-16-2009 09:23 PM

Nice work.

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#4 posted 08-16-2009 11:15 PM

Looks very nice but I have the same question as Jim, how does enough heat get out (I am curious)?

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#5 posted 08-16-2009 11:52 PM

Heat rises, so it should all escape out the top.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#6 posted 08-17-2009 12:55 AM

good looking radiator cover. nice job.

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#7 posted 08-17-2009 12:58 AM

Nice looking but I’d think that a greater air movement would be needed.

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#8 posted 08-17-2009 02:27 AM

Thanks for the comments.

I sort of got the idea from looking at other radiator covers and I saw on the internet. I too had the impression that there should be a bigger grate in the front to let the air flow. Apparently some builders have made the claim that an opening at the bottom and top is enough to create a convection current. We’ll see I suppose. My impression is that it will fare about as well as other style; they will all ‘trap’ some of the heat.

Worst case scenario – we’ll just have to bake more brownies in the colder months. The horror!

-- Measure twice, cut once, bang into place

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#9 posted 08-17-2009 10:01 PM

I managed to find a link with the info I had alluded to. It seems sciencey enough. I wish I could get a hold of thermo-cam or something to really test it out.

-- Measure twice, cut once, bang into place

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