Carron Cast Iron Radiators

Built in Britain, Carron have been creating high quality cast iron products since 1790. Their range of cast iron radiators is one of the largest available in the UK. They feature radiators with highly ornate (Thistle, Dragonfly and Rococo) and cleaner, simpler designs (Tuscany, Deco and Duchess). Cast iron radiators are assumed to be only for period homes, but Carron’s range of styles and designs means these radiators can look great in both traditional and modern homes.

The ranges of sizes available across the range also mean that they are incredibly versatile when it comes to the size of room you want to heat - from small 2 column radiators to large nine column radiators. Of course the choice between a 2 and a 9 column radiators may not be the size of the room but the space you have available in that room.

The entire range comes with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty for peace of mind. With proper care, there is no reason why these radiators will not last a life time.

Delivery times are dependent on the individual range and finish chosen, please see the product pages for more information or get in touch.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a primer finish?

A primer finish is a protective layer that cast iron radiators are coated with at the time of manufacuter.
Different manufacturers use different colour primers but black, white and grey are the most popular choices.
The primer layer not only protects the radiators from oxidisation but provide a good surface to subsequent paints to bond to.
While not common place some people do leave radiators in their primer finishes once installed.
Carron radiators are finished in a grey primer as standard (pictured).

What paint colours can I choose from?

Carron allow you to choose any RAL paint finish you desire.
When ordering a RAL paint finish option and we will contact you to confirm your choice, you can see a more detailed list of RAL finishes at
Please be aware that metallic and pearl RAL colours are very hard to depict on a monitor or in print, you should obtain an accurate paint sample of any RAL finish you intend to use.
Carron supply a few of their favourite finishes below which include some textured finishes (please note these finishes can be achieved on any radiator style, not just the example style shown).

You offer highlight finishes, what are they?

Carron offer a highlight polish finish. This is a standard black paint finish on a radiator where selected parts (usually the patterned area on ornate radiators) have been polished to a bright finish. The Chelsea style radiator is a good example of a patterned radiators, the Eton style is a good example of a non-patterned radiator. Below are a few examples to show off the highlight finish.

What exactly is a hand burnished finish?

This finish, also know as a polished finish, means that rather than having a painted finish the radiator is polished/burnished back to bare metal. It is a clever way to add contrast to finely detailed radiators by accentuating raised sections with a brighter polish. This does mean that it will require regular oiling to maintain a rust free look. Below are some images to represent a polished finish.

You offer an antique paint finish, what is that?

The special antique service is a dual paint finish. Its effect is more noticeable on radiators with an ornate style, although it still provides a subtle effect on the plainer styles. The effect is achieved by applying a base colour to the radiator which is allowed to cure; a secondary coat is applied, normally in a dark or light colour, and then this is washed off. The resulting finish has a strong presence of the base colour and parts where there are deeper crevices have stronger hints of the secondary colour. Below are some example images of an antique finish.

I heard that hand burnished radiators can rust, what do I need to do to prevent this?

As the iron is exposed on a hand burnished radiator they need regular (weekly) oiling to maintain a rust free look. Oiling is as simple as using a soft dry cloth to lightly sprayed oil (WD40, linseed or baby) on the exposed areas. It is important to use a soft cloth here as anything abrasive will dull your polished finish. It is essential that the cloth be dry as additional moisture on the radiator will encourage rusting.

What is a joining key and will I need one?

Joining keys are required if the overall radiator length would overhang a standard pallet. In this case the radiator will be built into smaller, more manageable segements that will fit on a pallet.

The joining key can be used to join these smaller segments into the overall radiator. All required parts for joining will be supplied, such as caps, bushes and gaskets. We advise that joining radiators, where required, is carried out by a qualified installer.

Carron supply a non-refundable joining key for their radiators. Please be aware that different radiators require different keys. When ordering a radiator, we will offer you the option of a joining key if it is required. We will ensure you do not order more joining keys than are required.

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