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Forum topic by rantingrich posted 10-25-2014 10:27 AM 581 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-25-2014 10:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: baseboard heating wood working question

I am getting ready to start making furniture for my new house. One issue I have to deal with is I have Forced hot water baseboard heating, which I love for the most part.

Problem is in every room there is a radiator around the baseboard of every outside wall for the most part, say 2 inches deep and 6 inches tall.

I want to make shelves and other stuff that would normally be pushed up against the wall… i.e. in one room I want to make it “THE LIBRARY” say 3 walls of bookcases, but I can’t just ENCASE these heating units. I have to allow for air flow around these units.

I was thinking of making a lower FALSE unit where air could enter the bottom then come out say like at counter top hieght, or come in under the bottom then go around the false back and exit the top.

I hope I am making sense..

has anyone had experience with this issue?


-- Rich

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#1 posted 10-25-2014 01:09 PM

You have half the battle already thought out,air flow on the bottom and the top.You could make a grid type of top for for heat to come out.Also keep in mind if you system needs to be worked on,you will need to air bleed the system at your radiators if they have air bleeds which they should.

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#2 posted 10-26-2014 03:42 PM

They do make kickspace heaters. They are designed to go under cabinetry. You will have to do a little plumbing and electrical but they do work well. or the also make ones that you can recess in a wall and eliminate the baseboard. It is usually not a good idea to cover the baseboard. They need airflow. hope this helps.

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