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chasfromnorfolk
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« on: January 16, 2013, 10:35:48 AM »

I have a soon-to-be- redundant woodburner with back-boiler, pumped and currently feebly firing two rads.

When (if) the planned new woodpellet system goes in, those rads will be on the new circuit and I can divert the stove's energy, such as it is. Directly above and easily plumbed is a bedroom which will have a rad from the new system occupying the only bit of wall that can take a conventional rad.
Is there any reason I shouldn't put a rad flat, under the bed - maybe on a frame to lift off the floor and give a gentle inclination towards the bleed valve? I guess it would perform better if I use diagonal tappings...

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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2013, 10:57:37 AM »

Providing you can get air pockets out, then I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work, but the efficiency of the radiator will be better in the vertical position as it shall set up stronger convection currents. The effectiveness of the radiator depends on the air flow.
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2013, 11:19:19 AM »

Hi Chas,
        Of course it will work,Just keep it tilted up toward the bleeder and pipe the rad diagionally with the hot inflow higher than the output.
     The early underfloor heating modules for suspended wooden floors were just small placky rads which hung suspended between the joists and were covered over with normal flooring.They never caught on for a very good reason. chocpot:If you wanted,you could run a coil of placky pipe around underheath the bed,suspended just under the matress, hysteria hysteria..(BY God My love,,But Yer Hot Stuff Tonight,") hysteria Whewwww.
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2013, 11:48:58 AM »

Well we have a water bed that has a small electric pad beneath the mattress to keep the temperature up. The joy of always retiring to a warm and well aired bed is wonderful.  Back ache just disappears. The rad idea will work fine.  Alternatively just put a grill in the ceiling and allow natural heat circulation to warm your boudoir.

Andy
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2013, 11:28:10 AM »

Well, I'll add it to the list then and give it a go - I have a redundant rad. The alternative was to run the heat to the HW cyl, but pre-heating the baronial bed to 'active' seems a better bet. Even if it's only 'active back therapy'...

Chas
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