I recently completed a huge renovation of my kitchen and living room space which included removing a wall, re-arranging the kitchen and creating craftsman window and door mouldings from scratch. I made my 1958 home look very updated and modern.
The problem I have now is I left the original baseboard radiators, which so not match the updates look. I know there are baseboard radiator covers on the market, but they can be a bit pricey. I have seen people selling wooden baseboard heater covers and know I can craft them myself custom to the needed fit for a fraction of the cost.
Are wooden covers a good efficient choice if they are designed with ample space for airflow, or would it be best to keep metal which would be more conductive to heat? Also, if the wooden covers would be acceptable, would it be beat to strip the front plate off the original baseboard heaters before installing the wood?