The disadvantages are that they are big and ugly and get very hot (don't
allow toddlers around them). They have enclosures especially built for
them which also helps with the ugly part.
Another advantage is you don't need a humidifier, just put a pan of
water on top of them.
I was brought up in homes with steam radiators in NYC.
When I was a kid and an inmate at the Catholic Parochial Gulag back
in the middle of the last century, the building had radiators with
hissing contraptions on the top side that reminded me of the valve
on a pressure cooker. If I remember right, there was steam coming
out of the thing that could very well have contributed to keeping
the humidity up in the building.
Yes, I've been Nunned (crying like a baby). Funny, just the other day
my sister was telling about the time she asked her teacher/nun if she
could be an alter girl. The nun told her that she has way too many sins
to stand up there, that she would desecrate the holiness of the church.
And that's putting it mildly, in her words it sounded a hundred times
My first grade teacher was Sister Godzilla, an American nun. In the
second grade the whole teaching staff was replaced with Irish nuns
who believe in capital punishment for small children for things like
talking in the restroom. There was Sister Torture, Sister Autopsy,
Sister Defenestration, Sister Vivisection, Mother Mothra and Father
Bigfoot. Because I had nuns as teachers when I was a small boy, I
have absolutely no fear of terrorists. I do have an inexplicable
fear of albino Penguins.
Where on earth did you get such a notion that any other poster had any
idea they get hotter than supply?
All he said was that they are hot surfaces and small persons should be
kept away -- which is all true (particularly if steam heat as opposed to
hot water, the surface temperature may be pretty hot on full flow).
Hot water in a tub isn't any hotter than the water out of the water
heater, either, but it can surely scald (particularly young, tender skin).
Typical hot water heat may be in the 180F max range while steam can be
around 215F--that's plenty warm enough to say "ouch" even giving a few
degrees for radiator surface temperature and distribution drop as
opposed to steam outlet temperature .
Well, that isn't saying they're hotter than the water is it?
And, it then depends on the definition of what one means by "extremely"
and I'd give the other guy the benefit of the doubt...all one has to do
is have a recollection as a little kid at grandma's house and you'll be
convinced for life (and you _can_ amhikt).
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