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rappo
Value of Old Cast Iron Radiators from Hot Water Heat System?

Hey all! I'm new to the boards here and assume this question has been asked before, but a search turned up nothing.

I just bought my first home and I'm doing some major renovation work on it, part of that includes updating the heating system (converting from old hotwater/radiator to forced air). I have 7 cast iron radiators that I've removed, but I'm unsure exactly what to do with them. There are a few that have matching intricate designs, and a few others that are obviously from different 'sets'. Are these valuable in anyway? A quick googling suggests selling them for scrap metal, but I've seen people on craigslist selling them for $100-200.

Any suggestions? I'm in the Albany, NY area. Some pictures attached for reference (it only let me post 5).

Timothy Miller
Re: Value of Old Cast Iron Radiators from Hot Water Heat System?

Howdy unless you locate a buyer that can haul them they are scrap metal value.

Tom
Re: Value of Old Cast Iron Radiators from Hot Water Heat System?

When we converted our 20 unit apartment building from steam to hot water I had to track down about 10 radiators as some of the old steam ones leaked when we went to hot water. I checked curb lawns, junk yards, classified ads etc. I usually spend about $30 to $40 per radiator but I was the exception to the rule. People mostly convert from radiator hot water to forced air and most old radiators are just junk metal - what a shame. If you live near a big city some salvage junk dealer might be interested but you would have to haul it to his yard and he would probably pay $20 to $30 per radiator assuming they are leak free.

suikang
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I am looking for few none-leaking water radiators. wonder any one have them
thanks

NashuaTech
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Jeez, Rappo I wish you'd think twice before switching from forced hot water to forced hot air!

The rads you have pictured are real old timers; I've lived in houses that had FHA and FHW & I would never have anything else now than FHW---the options in boilers, and convectors like rads, baseboard, sub-floor radiant, stainless steel rads, etc. are almost endless, as well as the endless options for zoning, later additions & modifications, etc.

Air-bourne problems with allergy-sufferers from FHA are non-existent with FHW.

Cole
Re: Value of Old Cast Iron Radiators from Hot Water Heat System?
rappo wrote:

Hey all! I'm new to the boards here and assume this question has been asked before, but a search turned up nothing.

I just bought my first home and I'm doing some major renovation work on it, part of that includes updating the heating system (converting from old hotwater/radiator to forced air). I have 7 cast iron radiators that I've removed, but I'm unsure exactly what to do with them. There are a few that have matching intricate designs, and a few others that are obviously from different 'sets'. Are these valuable in anyway? A quick googling suggests selling them for scrap metal, but I've seen people on craigslist selling them for $100-200.

Any suggestions? I'm in the Albany, NY area. Some pictures attached for reference (it only let me post 5).

I am interested in at least one. I live in Albany and can pick it up. Thanks Mike

Cole
Re: Value of Old Cast Iron Radiators from Hot Water Heat System?

I have no idea how the boards work! I am in Albany NY and I need at least one radiator. I guess i can just watch the board to see how to reply. Thanks Mike Cole

dianetow
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I'm in S.W. Minnesota. We are in the process of removing a few of our 105 yr. old radiators. They are ornate and don't leak. I would rather give them away to someone refurbishing and old house than dump them in a scrap yard.

thematthewberry
Re: Value of Old Cast Iron Radiators from Hot Water Heat System?

I live in Saint Paul. It's a long shot, but do you still have those working hot water radiators?

Value of Old Cast Iron Radiators from Hot Water Heat System?

My home has a hot water heat system and when the burner kicks on there are a series of loud knocks throughout the house.

dorothymarie
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thematthewberry wrote:

I live in Saint Paul. It's a long shot, but do you still have those working hot water radiators?

Are you still interested in working hot water radiators?

We have American Radiators: 4- 41" wide x 38" high x 9 1/2" deep, 2-27" wide x 38" high x 9 1/2" deep, 2- 41" wide x 38" high x 9 1/2" deep; and 1- 41" wide x 38" high x 10" deep. All have valves and were used last winter in a 122 yr old house that we purchased in May 2012. All pipes and boiler are available as we are going to zoned HFA. We are in St Joseph Michigan.

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