Adding Fins to Existing Runs


Old 01-05-16, 07:46 PM
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Adding Fins to Existing Runs

Hi all. I have an unheated basement in which most of my copper pipe runs travel along the ceiling for my boiler loops. My home has a 10'x10' addition outside of the foundation of the main home. This section of basement is separated from the rest, and is terribly insulated, running 25 colder (air temp) than the rest of the basement. I am concerned about freezing and would like to introduce additional heat to this space, via the existing copper pipes. My questions are:

1 - Has anyone here used those Fabtek Logic clamp-on fins for copper pipe? I have purchased a couple and am curious if this forum has experienced them. They are 1-2' long and require no soldering or cutting of pipe, so no shutting down the loop.

2 - If I wished to shut down the loop and cut in a 4-6' length of slant/fin, is it possible to purchase just the copper/fin element section without the enclosure? Or, if I buy the element and enclosure, do they manually separate?

3 - any other suggestions from the forum?

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Old 01-05-16, 09:31 PM
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Yes they come apart and I assume still sell just the element.
Old 01-14-16, 03:19 PM
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FYI To all, I bought a couple of the Fabtek Logic clamp on fins. They installed very easily without even turning the heat off, and are certainly distributing heat as a normal radiator would. I would recommend if you only want to add a few feet to existing pipe. Anything more and their cost (~$30/LF) would be counter-productive vs. cutting in a new section of baseboard fins.
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Thanks for bringing the Fabtek product to my attention. It looks like a great option for those situations where opening up the system would be problematic. I like the simplicity of it. I do agree that the price is a little steep.

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