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I really like the look of the wooden baseboard covers that I have seen a few people posting. I was wondering if the heat is still radiated the same, and if it would make sense to line the would with tin to radiate more  heat?

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Hi Charlene, the heat from these type of units is really spread more by convection.Rising heat pulling cooler air at the floor level up past the heating fins, and heating the area..adding tin or any other material would likely not increase the heat output. That really relies on the air movement from floor to ceiling..anything that impedes the convection would slow heat transfer. I suppose anything that was added for mass, (tin, stone, etc..) would heat up and therefore possibly hold heat a little longer at the floor, but I don't think that translates into any change in the actual amount of heat you would really experience...actually, impeding the airflow from the convection by putting a box around the baseboard units might actually cause them to heat less efficiently/effectively, and slow down the air transfer.. actually keeping the room cooler..and requiring more energy ($) to achieve the same relative heat. My opinion at least..It would be interesting to see what an HVAC guy/gal thought.
Post back if need be,
Regards, Greg

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Questions on Woodworking, wood finishing and refinishing of all kinds, repairing furniture and wooden objects, Architectural details, Woodturning, carving, tool usage, product usage, some chemistry as it applies to woodworking and related interests,cabinet making and furniture construction/design, etc. I have experience with all manners of colorants, finishes, paints, stains, dyes, glazes, and coatings, wood species recognition and usage,tool recommendations, blade types and recommendation,techniques and methods for many Woodworking related issues, etc.

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Fine furniture restorer and cabinet maker for over 30 years,serving high end Antique dealers, Interior designers, Collectors in the CT area. Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.) Sold, built, serviced, setup Home, Industrial, and Commercial stationary woodworking tools for a major tool retailer in CT. for three years, sold hand and power tools , provided knowledge, parts replacement, service, and on site service, Trade show Demo, and training as well.

Publications
Published in Fine Woodworking Magazine (12/97), included on Fine Woodworkings first "Best of Fine Woodworking" CD-ROM (2002) ...("27 year compilation of expert know-how")

Education/Credentials
Art School at Silvermine Guild in Norwalk, CT., 9 year apprenticeship in a European run Cabinet and Restoration shop in CT., various classes on subjects having to do with the field. Seminars from major Tool manufacturers, Skil/Bosch, Delta, Powermatic, Ritter, Porter cable, Milwaukee, Dewalt/B&Decker, Performax.

Past/Present Clients
Many varied clients including work on Martha Stewarts' Westport, CT. show house, many fine Antique dealers and private collectors in and around Fairfield County and in Woodbury, CT. (the Antiques capital of CT.), Golden Age of Trucking Museum,Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.), local Museums and Historical Societies. For the last two years I have been employed with Schwenke Auctioneers Inc.- Woodbury Auction LLC., as a staff photographer,IT tech,and doing restoration and repair work as well.

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