Q: Are wood radiator covers safe?
Hi, I live in an older building with radiators in San Francisco. I recently read an article in a magazine about covering a radiator, turning it into an attractive bench or a table-top for books or nic nacs . I would love to cover the radiator in my family room as it is somewhat unsightly. Is this safe? Are there kits I can buy to do this? Any guidance on how to build a wood radiator cover? Thanks.
Wood radiator covers are a great way to beautify your radiators. They are safe, as the temperature of the radiatior will never exceed 140 to 150 Degrees Fahrenheit, which is too low to be a fire hazard for the surrounding wood covers.
The recommended clearance between radiator and wood cover is 1".
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