Advice on buying reclaimed cast iron radiators.


Antique reclaimed cast iron radiators are quality pieces of engineering which exude style and character. Not just a heat source, but a piece of decor to add that special touch to your home or business.

You should feel confident in buying these old traditional radiators, but as with any purchase there is some common sense required; as well as things you should and should not do.

Here are some suggestions and simple steps to follow to ensure that you avoid problems and disappointments.

Where to purchase old antique radiators

You can occasionally find these old cast iron radiators for sale via online selling sites and classified ads, however this may not be a wise way to go. You could be taking on someone else’s problem. The radiator could be clogged up, have damaged fittings, be leaking, or on the verge of leaking. This is obviously not always the case but from our experience, it is quite common.


When buying your reclaimed cast iron radiators, always make sure the supplying company have thoroughly pressure tested them. This should be via a hydraulic pressure tester, which will test to at least mains water pressure of 4 to 5 bar. It would be a total waste of time and money employing a plumber to install your Victorian cast iron radiators only to find that it leaks when connected to your system.

Fittings and connections

We would also recommend that you insist on your old cast iron radiator being fitted with new pipe fittings - cores. This will ensure that your antique radiators can connect to 21st century pipes and fittings.

Cost comparison

When considering the cost of radiators it is also wise to consider the cost of painting or finishing. Suppliers can provide radiators in all different states; such as raw original condition, primed, painted or burnished. Therefore some suppliers initially appear to be cheap but by the time you add on finishes their price will increase substantially.

Our services

At Wilson's Yard all of that worry and stress is taken care of by our team of restoration experts. We will also fully restore old reclaimed radiators that you may have. In addition, we can re paint, burnish and and freshen up your existing radiators if brought into our premises.

So with the above common sense approach you will be able to site back, enjoy the heat and admire your stylish old radiators, knowing they will last another lifetime.