I'd like to put a floor furnace grill (non working) in the floor of my old house that I'm renovating but I'm having trouble finding one.
Does anyone know where I might look?
Have you tried a salvage yard?
Off the top of my head, I think Rejuvenation has them, Lee Valley Hardware, and there's another old house parts magazine I get...I'll look later for the name of it.
I think they're called "registers."
Here is a link that might be useful: Rejuvenation heat register
Salvage yards or eBay. I got all mine on eBay:
eBay search for register vents
Why does it have to be a floor furnace grill; those things were pretty awful weren't they? Can't you just get a large return air floor register/grill from an old house that had a gravity hot air system? Or you can buy reproductions made to size. This stuff is all over the internet.
If you've moved to a modern system, why not just patch the hole in the floor. That's one bit of authenticity that won't be missed.
I use the mid-size grilles as access panels to bubble air and whirlpool motors and am planning to use the grilles over modern wall cold air returns.
I'm not using this as a source of heat. I just wanted to put the grill for decoration.
There are some very ornate and pretty grills.
I found one on eBay. I'll know in about 30 minutes if I got it.
Gee, you aren't cutting a hole in a good wood floor to display a non-functioning grille, are you?
Grilles are not easy to walk on & can bend; you want to be sure it's not in a traffic path.
I have to pull up the original floor in the hall and replace the wood with wood I pulled out of a bedroom. I'm going to recess the register to be level with the new hardwood.
I just think it will look very good and was probably built about the same time as the house.
I'll post a pic later.
I'm all for bringing back coal stoves and coal gas lighting for more touches of 19 th Century authenticity.
Try 'Restoration Hardware'. I've had luck finding vintage style items that I could not locate elsewhere.
Reggio is another company to look at. They have a wide selection of registers in various metals and wood. I believe they can make them custom sized, but they say something in their catalog about that being really expensive .
In case you're still looking, I would HIGHLY recommend checking out an architectural salvage place. I just replaced mine last week; I think I paid $35 for a heavy duty 10x14 register w/louvers. Brought it home, sanded and spray painted and it looks awesome. If you're in or around Philly I'd recommend checking out Re-store, they had a good selection of registers.
There's one at the house where I grew up. Mnay memories of standing on it on a cold morning, letting the warm air blow up my nightgown..........
Try this group of suppliers -- really cool stuff for us old house fanatics.
Here is a link that might be useful: old house suppliers