Cool Radiators Get Hot

Pierre Lemieux got into the business of repurposing cast-iron radiators to save what he considers a lost art form.

"I kept seeing these old, architecturally beautiful radiators going to scrap," says the owner and brains behind, EcoRad, a Canadian company he started nearly 30 years ago to save and re-use the historical artifacts.

Cast iron radiators date back to the mid 1800s and designed with a steam system that connected to a boiler. As the water boiled, steam filled the radiator, conferring heat. But as homes modernized, the radiators were often sent to the trash heap.

Today, Lemieux is breathing new life into these antique gems.