My plumber is installing a new central heating system in my home and I need to select new radiators. Which company offers a good range of styles? How do you calculate BTUs for each room?

The 21st Century Radiator Company offers a great range of styles including cast iron or designer radiators, towel rails or flat panel radiators. To calculate the BTU of a room, you need to work out the cubic feet or the volume of the room where the radiator is situated by multiplying the length, by the width, by the height. If you have the dimensions in metres, first multiply the figures by 3.281. Once you have this figure, you will need to apply one of the following multipliers, depending on the usage of the room: 3 for halls, stairs, bathrooms & kitchens; 4 for bedrooms; 5 for sitting and dining rooms. Deduct 10% for double glazing; add 15% for north-facing rooms and 20% for French windows. For large rooms, more than one radiator should be considered to distribute heat evenly. It's a good idea to get the figure verified by an experienced plumber or heating engineer.

I am looking for a stylish, yet inexpensive, heated towel radiator. Can you help?

There's a huge selection of heated towel radiators available from Holloways of Ludlow in ladder, traditional and designer styles and in all price ranges. You could also try bathroom suppliers including and Edwins. VOLA has recently introduced a wonderful modular heated towel radiator which can be configured to match your tile arrangement, but their products are top end.

Do you know of a restorer in Norfolk that would be able to renovate ‘Victorian school/hospital’ cast iron radiators? They are part of a working gas central heating system but the radiator surfaces are covered in several layers of blistered/cracked paint.

Strippers Paint Removers has a product called Kling-Strip which could remove oil based gloss paint from your radiators. If you contact them directly, they can put you in touch with several specialists in your area who might be able to undertake the restoration work for you. The inside of the radiators can be cleaned with a Powerflush or chemical cleanser. This job is best left to an expert plumber in your area who specialises in installing central heating systems.

I am looking for an eco-friendly stove to heat our country kitchen.

For over 50 years DunsleyHeat have been manufacturing wood-burning and multi-fuel stoves, including the Yorkshire range, which can burn wood, coke, anthracite bituminous coal briquettes - also brown coal and softwoods - even in smoke controlled areas. The Yorkshire stoves are the only multi-fuel stoves to ever have met all the UK clean burning tests, providing up to 12KW of heat. There is also the Enviro-Burn-5 for burning wood in smoke controlled areas, and the Highlander range offering a cleaner burn, high efficiency airwash system. All DunsleyHeat stoves are manufactured in the UK. Have a look too at Chesney’s new range of woodburning stoves designed in association with The National Trust. They have employed the very latest technology to create a range of stoves that combine efficient use of fuel with minimal emissions.


I am looking for a colonial-style ceiling fan for a poolhouse, on the line of the old Indian fans.  Can you help?  Everything I see is far too shiny and modern.

The Hunter Fan Company. Hunter Fans have been established in the US since 1886 and are wobble free, reliable and silent, and carry a lifetime warranty on their motors.  Their range includes the heritage Hunter 1886, available in grey, amber bronze and burnished brass.

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