I have a wood frame house in Cass, WV built in 1905. It was added onto in 1917 and a coal fired boiler, later changed to oil, was installed. The system used hot water with cast iron radiators and heavy black iron pipe.
The house has undergone extensive restoration, not renovation and three radiators were removed in the kitchen, bath, and entry hall.
Do to a major freeze up the entire heating system (boiler, piping and radiators) has to be replaced. We have learned our lesson and are installing a thermostat that will call us if the temperature drops below a set point. (We do not live in the house, it is a weekend getaway.) In addition the system will be piped with Pex and filled with anti-freeze.
What I want to ask you is the feasibility of installing radiant hot water heat in the floors in the kitchen, bath and entry hall. These floors are ¾” pine subflooring, black felt paper and 5/8” oak and maple flooring.
The local contractor states that it won’t work. He says the floors are too thick. I have checked old articles in Fine Homebuilding and TOH, and they don’t seem to see this as a problem.
Can you help?