Mount it anyway you want, but you need to bleed out the air for HW to
get full heat and the bleed holes ive seen are on the side, steam
doesnt have that problem, you get heat. A HW radiator half full of air
doesnt seem to do much.
Sure if you do it right. You Cannot lay it on the floor and get much heat
out of it. It has to be raised a bit so air can flow through to keep
convection going. It must also be vented properly so as not to be air
Thanks for the responses.
Yes, it's hot water with a pump. Yes, I meant laying it on its side. The
reason I was asking is that I have an area that's 36" wide and 12" high
under a low bay window. I've gather that if I turn it sideways, bleeder
up, and support it about 2" from the ground, I'll be OK. If I
misunderstood, please let me know.
Eh- it may work, for awhile. I'd get it flushed and in general rebuilt
(bead blast, coat of the correct paint) while it is out- crud that has
built up here and there may move around once the direction of gravity
changes. But seeing as how the side has no feet, supporting it well will
be a pain. Be awful sad if it wobbles and falls on somebody's foot.
All in all, I'd be inclined to search any nearby salvage yards for one
that will actually fit, or hold your nose and get a modern finned
radiator with a metal housing around the coils. Any big cities near you?
They generally have a place that carries old radiators and plumbing,
from remodels and teardowns.
But I'm not a pipefitter- what do I know?
Let us know how it all works out, please.
Cast iron baseboard might be better, you wont get but half the air out
using a verticle radiator horizontaly unless you have and can open and
tap into, a bleeder port so it on the top, not the side, you want all
the air out.
For all that work, in a room that *really* needs the heat because of
that bay window, I'd want the most efficient radiator. I'm not that
familiar with hot water heat, but I'd be shopping [even at scrap yards
if money is an issue] for a radiator built for that spot.
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