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Twinmom+1 07-23-2007 11:15 AM

Baseboard heat cover
 
Hi: We are new homeowners of an old 1790s cape home. Some time in the past a baseboard heating system was installed throughout the home but the ugly white metal covers do not match the home.

In one room, the previous owner installed metal grilles from floor up 6" and then attached it to the wall with a 1"x 3" length of stained pine. Almost works but the wood makes us nervous and it's not quite right stylistically.

I was wondering if anyone had ever heard of using tile to cover the baseboard heating pipes? Similar in concept to the Swedish/Scandinavian Kakelugn where the ceramic tile helps to hold and slowly dissipates the heat.

I've had a hard time finding anything at all on the Web about gridwork tile or ventilated tile - i.e., tile that is not solid but is penetrated throughout with holes, perhaps similar to the top of a good cherry pie! This would allow the hot air to circulate through an release more readily into the room.

In lieu of finding 'holy tiles' we are also considered creating a metal grille base structure onto which we would attach tiles spaced out at regular intervals. However, we are not sure what kind of glue would be safe for such an attempt.

Thank you in advance for any suggestions all you experts and DIYers might have! Any leads to tile manufacturers who make these kinds of lacework tiles would be much appreciated!

redline 07-23-2007 09:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Twinmom+1 (Post 54150)
In one room, the previous owner installed metal grilles from floor up 6" and then attached it to the wall with a 1"x 3" length of stained pine. Almost works but the wood makes us nervous and it's not quite right stylistically.

Welcome.

Can you post a photo of this?

MechanicalDVR 07-23-2007 10:06 PM

I have never seen any ventilated tiles. But, I will say there is no problem with wood against hotwater piping. The hottest temp water possible is @230f which poses no issue with wood. The pipes pass through floor boards and framing in millions of homes. I have seen baseboard with faux wood finishes to blend in. Just beware of cutting down free air flow through the baseboard as you will loose heating capacity.

pmonger 11-11-2008 09:06 PM

Baseboard Heater Covers
 
If the tile with holes in it doesn't work out, you could try this easy solution: www.baseboardheatercovers.com

seriousbbrc 05-06-2013 08:29 PM

You would be crazy not to take a look at these new slip on covers. No tools are required for installation. You simply pop them on. The cool thing is they come with lifetime warranty and free shipping. Click Image To Take a Look!

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hotkarl 05-06-2013 11:33 PM

I got all excited until I noticed the price on those...22 bucks per foot. Yikes!


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