Can you add a radiator in the basement with a one pipe steam system?


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Old 03-21-07, 01:32 PM
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Can you add a radiator in the basement with a one pipe steam system?

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We have a one pipe steam boiler system in our house located in the basement. In the winter, it gets really cold down here so we are forced to use an electric heater which just eats up electricity. The pipes from the boiler run long the ceiling of our basement, but they are insulated and covered with wood because the basement is finished and some pipes running around the ceiling would just look bad.

My question is: is there any way to add a radiator of some sort down here. or is it impossible because the radiator would have to be located higher than the boiler? I am pretty sure that exposing the pipes in the basement would be a bad idea - the pipes are insulated for a reason. Any thoughts on this?
 
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Old 03-21-07, 04:52 PM
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Heat in basement

The most practical way to do this is to run a hot water loop off of the steam boiler. If you do not get your domestic hot water from the boiler, it is likely some controls would have to be changed or added. Here is a thread on exactly that subject:

http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=298336
 
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Old 03-22-07, 12:54 AM
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Thanks for the reply. We have a hot water heater that heats our domestic hot water - the boiler is just for heating the house. What exactly is a hot water loop?
 
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Old 03-22-07, 03:42 AM
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Hot water loop

The heat in the basement would be provided by hot water taken from near the bottom of your steam boiler. This is shown in the link to Bell & Gossett in the other thread.
 
 

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