How Can I Prevent My Propane Tank from Freezing?

Propane tanks will freeze up when the ambient temperature drops below -44°F. This is because propane has a boiling point of -44°F. If the temperature is not greater than -45°F, your propane will not vaporize, and your tank will freeze. However, as the temperatures drop, and the volume of propane in your tank drops, as will your pressure. If you do not have a heating source, it is important to keep your propane tank as full as possible at all times, to avoid freezing.

Pressure RatesPropane tank temperature efficiency

Another situation that can cause a propane tank to freeze up is pressure rate. Drawing more pressure than your tank is designed for, or pulling large amounts of pressure in a short amount of time will result in freezing.

Keep It Full by Keeping It Warm

You can prevent your tank from freezing by keeping it full, which means filling your tank more often. This option may be expensive and annoying.  Or, you can look into heating systems. When researching ways to heat propane, safety is key. Try to find a heating method with safe heat, such as a heating blanket, or an insulated blanket, depending upon the amount of pressure needed. It is important to know how many watts are necessary to obtain the PSI levels desired or required.  If it is not possible to calculate this yourself, you will want to look for a solution that can provide that information for you before you make the investment.  Look for a heating solution that offers consistent heat and complete coverage.

Remember This

  • If possible, protect your tank from the elements
  • When the temperature drops, the pressure drops
  • The molecules in propane move rapidly as temperatures increase and slow down as temperatures decrease
  • Maintain a desirable tank pressure and avoid freezing with a heating source

No Open Flames

It is always important to remember when searching for a solution, to avoid open flames. Do not, under any circumstances, warm your propane tank with an open flame.  Propane is a highly flammable gas and heating it can be extremely dangerous. Also avoid products that are not temperature controlled, overheating a propane tank can cause the pressure valve to blow, which will create a leak in your tank.

Freezing Temperature Solutions

Cold weather often has adverse effects on equipment and materials, especially when the job requires everything to go smoothly. Without an effective solution to these freezing temperature problems, projects stop, time and money are lost, and jobs suffer. Powerblanket is driven to provide the best heating and cooling solutions no matter the industry or project.

Powerblanket drum and barrel heaters keep materials viscous.  Powerblanket concrete curing blankets ensure that the pouring season will go well into winter, preventing improper curing. And Powerblanket heated propane wraps and blankets maximize the efficiency and longevity of your resources. Our goal is to provide total temperature control for every process and every project, enabling you to do what you do best, regardless of the temperature outside.

Need to protect your propane tank from freezing? Give us a call and talk to a Powerblanket heating expert today. 888-316-6324, or visit our Propane Tank Heater page HERE.

 

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Keep Propane Tanks from Freezing with a Propane Tank Heater

If you rely on propane for year-round operations, then you already know what a headache winter weather can be. If you have a cold propane tank as a result of dropping temperatures, you’re going to lose a lot of efficiency. Thankfully, there’s a simple solution to keeping your propane tank from freezing, and the solution is something some refer to as a propane tank blanket.

 

thousand gallon propane tank

Propane Performs Best Under Heat

Did you know that propane can freeze up completely if the ambient temperature drops below -44° F? Granted, -44° F is pretty darn cold, but in terms of gases, it’s a rather high freezing point. As cold as this temperature is in general terms, there are regions North America that experience extremes within this range and even lower, and if you operate a propane tank under these conditions without freeze protection, catastrophe is inevitable.

Worst-case scenario aside, propane tank efficiency will fall substantially as the temperature drops, even if it never plummets as low as -44° F. As the temperature drops, so does the pressure in your propane tank, and the pressure in your propane tank coincides with the volume of propane you have to work with. As pressure drops, not only will the volume of your propane deplete, but your extraction rate (how quickly and smoothly you can extract propane from the tank) will suffer as well. If you don’t have a heating source to assist in the pressure maintenance of your tank, then you’re going to have to keep it as full as possible in order to keep it working, even if temperatures are mildly cold.

 

Keep Propane Tanks from Freezing with a Propane Tank Heater

More On Propane Extraction or Pressure Rate

Cold weather is the most common dilemma facing propane tank failure, but it isn’t the only one. Another cause of propane tank freezing has to do with the rate of extraction, or the pressure rate. If you’re drawing out a substantial amount of propane from your tank in a short amount of time, then you could cause the tank to freeze and ice up. This is assuming, of course, that you don’t have a heat source to assist with the problem.

Filling your propane tank more often isn’t going to solve a problem like this. And to be quite frank, it’s only a Band-Aid for cold weather dilemmas as well. No, the only real solution to both problems mentioned here is to keep your tank at the ideal temperature, regardless of outside forces. The safest, most efficient way to do this is to employ an external heating system that both insulates your tank and adds regulated and controlled heat to the exterior service.

In the case of heating propane, SAFETY IS MOST IMPORTANT. Propane, as we’re sure you know, is a highly flammable gas, so using any old make-shift solution isn’t safe. On the other hand, using a heating solution design specifically for the process, one that is certified and pronounced safe by reputable, third-party testing laboratories is the only way to go. With that said, let us introduce you to the Powerblanket® Propane Tank Heater.

 

Propane Tank Heater

Powerblanket® Propane Tank Heater

Powerblanket has the best propane tank heating solution on the market. And we aren’t just saying that because we are Powerblanket. No, we’re saying it because we know of no other company that puts more thought, time, and testing into such a product offering.  Our heating blankets will help maintain pressure and efficiency on just about any size tank.

What’s more, if your tank isn’t the common propane unit, well, that’s no problem. Our custom approach to heating solutions can tailor a blanket to fit your specific dimensions and needs. In addition to this, and most importantly, our product is safe! All Powerblanket heating blankets are certified with ETL certification to the highest standards of safety and efficiency.

Keep Propane Tanks from Freezing

Benefits of Powerblanket Propane Tank Heaters:

  • Increase performance and efficiency of propane tanks
  • Provide even heat distribution
  • Save money by optimizing gas and material usage
  • Safety certified by UL/CSA/CE
  • Eliminates unnecessary cylinder refills in cold weather

 

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How Can I Prevent My Water Storage Tank from Freezing?

Large vertical storage tanks wrapped in black in a winter sceneHaving a water storage tank freeze can be a large issue, not only for the product that is inside the tank, but for the tank itself. Water storage tanks are equipped with two different types of systems for mixing the water within the tank. Each system succeeds well within their proper environments.

Passive systems are hydrodynamic mixing systems and other jet aeration types of systems. These systems create water movement only during the filling process. They are ineffective with preventing ice buildup in cold climates.

Active systems are pulse hydraulics and solar. The active systems are reactive because they can be programmed to respond to water system needs as season weather moves in and out as well as water quality variants dictate. However, only the most powerful active mixers can prevent ice buildup all winter long.

The bottom line is that if the environment is just right, moving the water alone is not a guarantee that the top portion of water is not going to freeze. The goal then is to minimize the tank damage from ice buildup in extreme cold climates. Ice can damage the controls, the interior or puncture a wall before you realize you have an ice buildup problem in your tank.

When searching for a solution for preventing ice buildup inside a storage tank, the most important thing to search for is uniformed heat. To properly prevent ice buildup you need to maintain the same temperature at the bottom of your water tank, as you do at the top. Traditional methods for reducing ice formation inside water tanks have been expensive, difficult and only partially effective. Take band heaters for example. They typically can heat well, but when it comes to distributing that heat, they fall short of the mark. 

This is where heated blankets and wraps enter the picture. An effective barrel or drum heater should be able reach a higher temperature in a shorter period of time, if it is distributing the heat efficiently. Often used in the restaurant and shipping industries, these heated wraps and blankets are able to heat materials to a specific temperature to maintain viscosity, but not to the point of burning or scorching the material. Since this design is so successful at heating and maintaining an optimal temperature for more volatile materials, keeping water tanks from freezing is a much simpler task. Powerblanket is determined to provided total temperature control regardless the process or industry. Because we know what it’s like to have setbacks on projects and have the bottomline suffer from temperamental weather and equipment inefficiency. Let our solutions solve your problems.

 

Freeze Protection for Chemical Injection Tanks

A Poly-Mart Chemical Injection TankAs versatile as chemical injection tanks are, they are no match for cold weather, not on their own at least. The big poly containers you see strewn all over oil fields and water treatment plants are truly helpful when it comes to storing and accessing the valuable liquids they hold. But you may have noticed something else about them: they’re plastic. As such, they have no insulating qualities. So how do you protect your temperature-sensitive liquids from freezing?

Chemical Injection Tanks and Freeze Protection

Maybe you’re thinking: so what? Lack of insulation doesn’t really matter for the warm part of the year. But for the cold parts of the year, it definitely does. Come winter and frozen tanks become a huge pain. Chemical injection tanks are commonly used to maintain flow, to reduce corrosion, and to improve operations associated with the treatment of fluid sources. If your tank freezes, all of these important functions freeze too.

Oil rig with red sunset in backgroundTo counteract this problem, Powerblanket offers custom heating solutions for chemical injection tanks. Whatever the size or shape of your injection tanks, Powerblanket’s custom solutions team can design a durable heating blanket for it, a blanket that will be easy to install when you need it, and easy to remove when you don’t.

Our proprietary blend of material and technology produces a heating solution that wraps your injection tank in a durable insulating blanket that spreads electrical heat evenly and safely throughout the entire application area. So when it comes to chemical injection tanks, don’t give them the cold shoulder. Give us a call today and start on a custom solution that meets your needs.

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Custom Heating Solutions for Welding Prep

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Prepping pipes and other surfaces for welding can be a real challenge since metal surfaces often need to be hot before you begin. If the metal isn’t hot enough before you start welding, it will affect the cooling rate. If a weld cools too quickly, the metal could go into shock and cause fabrication hydrogen cracking.  When you preheat and postheat the metal, it allows for better hydrogen diffusion; up to 1000 times more diffusion at 250 °F (121 °C) than at room temperature (68 °F, 20 °C). As more hydrogen diffuses after the weld is complete, the risk of cracking is significantly reduced. That’s why Powerblanket has created custom heating solutions for welding prep, to enable preheating for any welding job.

Welding Prep: Bringing the Heat

man in helmet welding pipes

Preheating pipe can be achieved through various means. Some of these include: furnace heating, torching, electrical strip heaters, induction heaters, and radiation heaters. Whatever you do to preheat your metal, it’s imperative to do so properly. Having the needed monitors and controls in place will allow you to maintain the necessary interpass temperature to make certain the surface doesn’t drop below the necessary preheat range.

Can you do this with traditional preheat methods such as torching and induction heaters? It’s not impossible, but it is tedious and tricky. That’s why we eliminated all the guess work at Powerblanket to bring you an innovative heating solutions for welding prep. With the Powerblanket 400 custom heat blanket, we can build you a quick and easy-to-use preheat product that you can use for your specific welding needs.

Powerblanket 400:

  • Up to 300 watts per square foot
  • Temperatures up to 400 °F (204 °C)
  • Durable silicone-coated, fiberglass shell
  • Utilizes high efficiency aluminum heat-spreading technology
  • 120/208/240 VAC options available
  • Ideal for epoxy curing, welding prep, manufacturing processes, and much more
  • Integrated temperature control, for precise control ask about our temperature control options

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Custom Heating Solutions Don’t Take as Long as You Think

Custom Heating Blankets from PowerblanketOften times when we think of customization, or taking a custom approach to something, the first thing that comes to mind is time. “How long is that going to take?” we ask ourselves. Well, in the case of Powerblanket custom heating solutions, not too long at all. Our custom approach to heating solutions doesn’t take as long as you might think. In fact, in most cases, Powerblanket can turn around a custom project in one to two weeks.

 

Custom is the Way to Go

Many applications can be adequately covered by our ready-to-ship product line, but there are equally as many projects that need a custom solution. Powerblanket works with many companies in a myriad of industries to supply custom heating solutions to a wide range of needs. So what does a custom heating solution process look like when working with us? We’ll show you.

Powerblanket’s custom heating solutions can be tailored to fit just about any application. If you can build it, produce it, or store it, Powerblanket can cover it. What’s more, completing a custom project with us can be summarized in three easy steps:

 

  1. Contact us and tell us the details of your application. (Many of our custom projects start with a simple phone call to one of our reps. From here, you can send any and all information we’ll need to form the proper heating solution for you. Additionally, we do offer what we refer to as the white glove treatment. In other words, we can come onsite and get all the details on our own.)
  2. We’ll design a custom heating solution for your application, based on the information and feedback we gather or you deliver to us. (Whether you choose to send us information or want us to come onsite, we will get all the details we need.)
  3. We’ll build your custom solution and ship it to you within two weeks. (Sometimes, we can even turn a project around in as little as one week.)

 

Case In Point

When Enduraplas’s plastics manufacturing process needed heating assistance, Powerblanket was able to deliver a custom tank heater that increased efficiency beyond expectations. Enduraplas’s manufacturing process uses propane extensively—making their large propane tanks an invaluable asset. However, cold weather threw a real damper on the whole thing, impeding the flow of propane significantly.
With the Poweblanket custom heating solution in place, however, Enduraplas was able to run their manufacturing processes through the coldest of weather.

 

Gold Coast Yachts is another great example of how Powerblanket custom heating saved immense amounts of time and money. Gold Coast Yachts builds custom, carbon-fiber yachts, and the curing process for the large sections of carbon-fiber frames needs high-temperature exposure for long periods of time. Previous to implementing the Powerblanket custom curing blankets, Gold Coast had to architect, build, and utilize large custom ovens for every cure. In other words, they had to build a large shed around every frame in order to pipe heat into the enclosure and cure the resins at the proper temperature. This process, as you can imagine, took a whole lot of time, manpower, and money. With Powerblanket, however, Gold Coast Yachts was able to save thousands of dollars and hours of time on each project.

 

When Cenovus turned to Powerblanket to design a custom valve and transmitter heating solution, Powerblanket was able to turn the product around with ease and speed. Powerblanket set out to create a custom heating system that eliminated the risk Cenovus had of losing money to freezing valves and transmitters. After Powerblanket completed the project, Cenovous no longer had to worry about the cost associated with downtime and the thawing of frozen instrumentation and valves.

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Propane Tanks and How to Care for Them

Whether you’re a homeowner who relies on propane for heating, or a business leader who uses if for industrial purposes, propane is a versatile and important commodity. However, as helpful as propane is to us, we often overlook the need of caring for our propane tanks year round.

 

Propane_Tanks_GuideCaring for Your Propane: Tank and All

When it comes to caring for your propane storage, it’s imperative that you have a working knowledge of your tank and all the potential threats that could impede its proper functionality. Understanding the warning signs of a damaged or inefficient tank is important, not only for reasons of economical operation, but for the safety of all involved.

Several factors play into the safe and efficient operation of any size propane tank. These factors include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Shutting off valves when the tank is not in use
  • Keeping reserve tanks at a minimum
  • Not leaving portable propane tanks inside a vehicle
  • Securing portable tanks properly
  • Replacing weathered and/or worn canisters

Knowing how to properly manage all these aspects of propane storage and usage is very important. But there are many other factors to consider, too. Matters such as storage, setup, protection, government regulations, and the warning signs of hazardous circumstances are equally important. For more information on how to care for your propane and the tank in which you keep it. Access our free e-book below.

Glass Blowing Heating Solutions for Flame Working

 

Glass blowing is a year-round pursuit for many. And when winter rolls around, it poses some obstacles for flame working. However, there’s no need to fear. You can protect your torch gases with a safe, efficient, and easy-to-use gas cylinder heater from Powerblanket®.

 

Glass blowingThe Powerblanket Gas Cylinder Heater

Whether you’re using acetylene or some other gas for your flame working torch, you’re probably well aware of the effect cold weather has on your gas storage. If you have to store your cylinders or tanks in an outside location (or in a cool warehouse) then you run the risk of severe depletion come winter, or even cooler fall and spring temperatures for that matter. Akin to the depletion your tank will undergo, is the lack of pressure you’ll have in it.

100 Pound Propane Tank HeaterPoor tank pressure means poor flow rates, and you can’t have that when you’re flame working. If the gas cools too much, it will liquefy, and you could potentially have acetylene spit out of your torch and into the amazing masterpiece you’re working. It’s end game at that point. Of course, to avoid this problem, all you have to do is keep your gas cylinders or tanks at the ideal temperature all of  the time. The only tricky part is that the ideal temperature for acetylene extraction is well above the cool temperatures of a non-heated workspace. Thankfully, there’s an easy remedy for this.

Powerblanket has developed gas cylinder heaters that keep acetylene, propane, butane, and any other specialty gas at ideal working temperatures, regardless of how cold it gets. The cylinder heater is easily applied to offer targeted and regulated heat to the cylinder contents. Most importantly, you don’t have to worry about heat and flame mixing (because that would be disastrous). Powerblanket products are fully insulated and are certified to UL and CSA safety standards. With particular relevance to torching applications, Powerblanket heating solutions are available with hazardous location certifications, Class I Division 1 or  Class I Division 2. This means they can be used in hazardous locations, such as a workshop where there might be or are flammable gases in the atmosphere.

 

 

Gas Welding: How Best to Regulate It

Whether you refer to it as oxy-fuel welding, oxy welding, or simply gas welding, it doesn’t come without its challenges. While gas-welding is one of the oldest forms of welding, and while it can be pretty straightforward and simple, regulating your gas flow can be tricky.

 

Guy Gas WeldingA  Consistent Extraction Rate

When it comes to producing clean and flawless weld joints, consistent temperature of your gas is an important matter to regulate. Whether you’re using acetylene, hydrogen, propane/butane, or propylene, the answer is the same: you need to maintain an ideal temperature for a consistent extraction rate. And you need a consistent extraction rate in order to create pretty and efficient weld joints.

Controlling your welds can be as simple as controlling the one variable that you can control, and that’s the temperature on your gas tank. Of course, when we say you can control it, it’s because we’ve created a way for you to do so. Perhaps before now, you haven’t considered heating your gas tank, unless you have to weld in cold conditions, then it’s probably crossed your mind plenty of times.

420 Pound Propane Tank HeaterEither way, having the ideal temperature in your tank facilitates ideal gas extraction, which in turn, offers ideal welding. Heating your tank, especially when working in cold weather, will increase the PSI considerably. Of course, you don’t want the PSI too high either, and that’s why we use the term regulated heat. Maintaining the ideal temperature will help produce the best flow rate and will prevent pin holing and spattering.

Whether you use a small or large tank for your gas welding, we have a solution for you. There aren’t many heating methods on the market, except Powerblanket’s. With the Powerblanket® tank heater as a part of the equation, cold weather performance will be improved.

Gas welding in cold weather will wreak havoc on your gas cylinders. When the temperature drops, it’s very difficult to maintain optimal pressure in a gas tank of any size. This prevents the gas from vaporizing, which will produce a lousy flow rate, causing pin holing and spattering in your weld joints. Powerblanket® offers a variety of gas cylinder heaters for controlling the temperature of propane, butane, nitrogen, oxygen and other compressed gases. Powerblanket gas cylinder heaters provide heat where you need it. Our superior heating solution reduces costs by optimizing container temperatures and increasing cylinder efficiency. What’s more they are certified to meet UL and CSA standards with options for hazardous location certifications, class I, division 1 and class I, division 2.

 

Powerblanket – Gas Cylinder Heaters:

  • Increase performance and efficiency of gas cylinders
  • Provide heat where you need it
  • Save money by optimizing gas and material usage
  • Safety certified to UL/CSA standards
  • Eliminate unnecessary cylinder refills in cold weather
  • Produce ideal flow rates
  • Eliminate pin holing and spattering in welding applications

 

Powerblanket® Specialty Gas Cylinder Heaters and Semiconductor Manufacturing

Powerblanket Specialty Gas Cylinder Heaters for Semiconductor Manufacturing

 

It’s important for everything to be precise with the semiconductor manufacturing process. Contamination, temperature variance, and other variables can ruin the process. Powerblanket® products can play a vital role in maintaining specialty gas flow rates during semiconductor manufacturing.

Semiconductor Manufacturers Must Keep Gases Flowing Consistently by Maintaining Gas Temperature in Delivery Systems

Each semiconductor manufacturer has its own precise processes and carefully controlled conditions for producing semiconductors.  Many of these processes involve heating specialty gases to a precise temperature and maintaining the gas delivery system temperature throughout the operation. If the temperature of the specialty gas were to drop by as little as two degrees, the entire manufacturing process could be compromised.

While temperature isn’t the only factor, gas flow rates, are heavily dependent on temperature. Maintaining the temperature in the gas delivery system at the precise degree allows for consistent flow rates and uncompromised accuracy and consistency.

How Do Powerblanket Gas Cylinder Heating Products Help to Maintain Specialty Gas Flow Rates?

When it comes to the semiconductor manufacturing industry, Powerblanket products have a lot to offer.  Our specialty gas cylinder heaters and specialty gas tank heaters allow for precise and consistent temperature control. When paired with a temperature controller, Powerblanket specialty gas cylinder heaters can keep any gas, at the proper temperature for as long as needed.

A Short Case Study on Powerblanket and Gas Flow Rate Maintenance during the Semiconductor Manufacturing Process

A large semiconductor manufacturing company was searching for new products to improve their semiconductor manufacturing process. They needed to maintain their gas flow more precisely, and their existing solution (silicone heaters) was not consistent enough.

Powerblanket designed a specialty gas heating product that maintained the precise temperature and flow rate for hydrocarbon gases that the company was looking for.

The Company’s management team later mentioned that they were against the idea of switching to the Powerblanket specialty gas heating solution when it was proposed to them. They said, “We didn’t think it would work because it was half the power of the status quo product, but after we gave it a try, we were immediately sold…It’s a fantastic product and the sales and engineering support we received was excellent”

Applications for Powerblanket Specialty Gas Heating Products

  • Heating hydrocarbon gas safely
  • Heat argon
  • Heat ammonia
  • Heat carbon dioxide
  • Heat hydrogen chloride
  • Heat chlorine
  • Heat oxygen
  • Heat helium
  • Heat hydrogen
  • Heat hydrogen bromide
  • Heat nitrogen Trifluoride
  • heat propylene
  • and many more specialty gases….

How to Keep Water Tanks from Freezing

If you’ve ever had a water storage tank freeze, then you know just how much of a disaster it can be. As the colder months are fast approaching, now is the time to consider what you can do to keep your tanks protected from failure.

 

water storage tanksFreeze Protection for Water Storage

When it comes to freeze protection for water storage, the water itself is only half the equation. Surely it’s obvious that your priority would be to protect your storage from freezing, but have you stopped to consider that your storage tank needs just as much protecting? If you’ve stored water before in cold temperatures, then you probably have, because you’ll be well aware of water’s unique characteristics.

Of all the pure elements on earth that we know of, H₂O is the only molecule that expands when it freezes. Everything else contracts. With this being the case, one can imagine, and most of us have experienced firsthand, the dilemma posed by water’s frozen state. As it has to do with tank storage, well, potential damage to the tank is a very real concern. Consequently, having your water storage tank freeze can create a very big problem.

Most water storage tanks are equipped with two different types of systems for churning the water within the tank. These systems only work well within the proper environments, however. One such system is known as a passive system. These are hydrodynamic mixing systems. Another type is a jet aeration system. Jet aeration systems create movement in the water only during the filling process, which means that are completely incapable of preventing ice buildup in the tank once the temperature drops.

Then there are your active systems, and there are two kinds: pulse hydraulics and solar. These types of systems are known as active because they can be programmed to respond to various needs in the tank environment. However, only the most powerful active mixers can prevent ice buildup all winter long.

So here’s the moral of the story: unless your environment is just right, simply moving the water around in your tank isn’t going to prevent freezing. Even if you have a large and powerful active mixer, you’re still gambling with Mother Nature. When ice develops in your water storage, it can damage your controls, the interior of the tank, or it can even puncture the walls of your tank. What’s more, all this can happen before you even realize you have ice buildup.

 

The Answer

So how to keep water tanks from freezing, it’s a good question. But as you can already tell, the answer section to this topic is much shorter than the problem, and that’s because the solution is simple. In order to eliminate the damage associated with freezing water, you simply have to keep your tank at the ideal temperature. To be quite frank, the traditional methods for reducing ice formation inside water tanks are expensive, difficult, and only partially effective, hence the word “reducing” instead of “eliminating”.

So when seeking a solution for preventing ice buildup inside a storage tank, the most important thing to remember is uniformed heat. In order to properly prevent ice buildup, you need to maintain the same temperature at the bottom of your water tank, as you do at the top. In order to do this, you need to have a solution in place that can keep your tank at an ideal, regulated temperature year round. And thankfully, it just so happens that we provide that very solution here at Powerblanket.

Viscosity Maintenance With the Proper Heating Solutions

Though the beginnings of winter are still a ways off, it’s certainly a matter on all our minds already, especially if you need temperature regulation through the winter. However, drum heaters and barrel heaters aren’t only good for the cold months. In fact, they’re equally important for viscosity maintenance year round.

 

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Drums Heaters and Barrel Heaters: Year Round Uses

Drum and barrel storage is a convenient way to maintain surpluses of all kinds. And when it comes to storing large amounts of material in such units during the colder months, the proper heating solution becomes imperative. Maintaining the ideal temperature range by using innovative heating solutions can also save significantly on the heating costs that go to your warehousing. But as much as all of this warrants the need for great drum heaters or barrel heaters, it only turns out to be half the equation.

Drum heaters and barrel heaters work phenomenally well for freeze protection during the winter months. However, such technology is likewise helpful and necessary for year-round needs, such as viscosity maintenance. The patented approach behind Powerblanket® heating blankets is actually used for a wide range of heating needs.

Harnessing the ability to heat your liquids in the same container you store them in is a significant convenience, timesaver, and money saver.  Often times, manufacturers have to store products in a container entirely separate from those in which they heat the product. Of course, this means that you have to move the stored material from the storage unit into whatever container you use to heat it. In many manufacturing processes, this could represent a time-consuming step. Think, then, how great it would be if this was something that could be altogether avoided with the use of drum or barrel heaters.

Regardless of what temperature-sensitive material you may be storing in your drums or barrels, if it needs to be heated for viscosity maintenance for proper manufacturing, then adding heat is a very important step in your preparations. And there’s no better way to add the heat than using Powerblanket insulated heating blankets?

Powerblanket drum and barrel heaters are simple to install, remove, and reinstall as needed, making the storage and transportation of temperature-sensitive product as efficient as possible, and making viscosity maintenance a snap. What’s more, Powerblanket patented technology offers the most efficient heat distribution on the market. To make a long story short: if you’re in need of viscosity maintenance, look no further than Gordo Sales. We’ve got you covered with Powerblanket heating solutions.

 

Powerblanket Features:

  • Powerblanket heaters work with both steel and poly containers
  • Full wrap-around design provides complete insulation and ensures equal heat distribution
  • Drum warmers deliver safe, uniform heat to expensive materials without overheating or burning
  • Drum heaters design decreases and prevents product waste among temp-sensitive materials by maintaining consistent storage temperatures without significant fluctuations
  • Highly energy-efficient GreenHeat Technology™ and design lowers energy-related expenses and overall project and equipment costs

 

More About Gordo Sales

Gordo Sales has been in business since 1989. We are a small family-owned company with a very specialized line of products. We only sell high quality products that involve Industrial Process Heating and the control of such heaters. By being so specialized, we are able to provide a level of help and expertise that we could not otherwise provide. THE NEEDS OF OUR CUSTOMERS ARE OUR FIRST PRIORITY, if we know of a product or solution that is best for our customers, and we do not handle that solution ourselves, we will send them where they can find it, rather than trying to sell them something that is not as good for their application.

We strive to ship items we have in our inventory the day they are ordered. The vast majority of orders ship same day, sometimes even within 15 minutes of placement. We know you, our customers, require and deserve a level of service that requires us to do ALL WE CAN to make your transaction with us a pleasant one.

We are here to serve you; just let us know how we can do that.

 

 

The Perfect Candle Wax Heater

In the wax industry, heating applications aren’t used merely for freeze protection. In fact, more often than not, the most valuable aspect of a good candle wax heater is the ability it has to enable proper viscosity maintenance.

 

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Viscosity and Its Challenges

When it comes to storing large amounts of wax in barrels or drums, vats or large baths, there is one matter that is of considerable importance and warrants plenty of time and attention. The matter we’re talking about is viscosity maintenance. Heating wax during manufacturing processes is essential for molding and purification. Though there are different stages of wax heating, it is important that the wax remain at certain levels of viscosity for reasons of workability.

Imagine the ease of use that could be created from a solution that would keep your candle wax at the proper viscosity both in storage and during manufacturing. Of all the wax heaters on the market, there are few, if any others at all, that can do what the Powerblanket® solution can do.

Powerblanket custom heating solutions enable equal and efficient heat distribution throughout the entirety of the application. In addition to this, Powerblanket heating blankets are equipped with thermostatic controls that allow you to set the proper temperature and walk away. There’s no need to babysit the heating process. With easy installation and simplified use, our heating solutions make viscosity maintenance a snap.

 

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Standout Features of Powerblanket Drum Heaters

  • Works with both steel and poly containers
  • Full wrap-around design provides complete insulation and ensures equal heat distribution
  • Delivers safe, uniform heat to expensive materials without overheating or burning
  • Design decreases and prevents product waste among temp-sensitive materials by maintaining consistent storage temperatures without significant fluctuations
  • Highly energy-efficient GreenHeat Technology™ and design lowers energy-related expenses and overall project and equipment costs

 

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Ideal Temperature Control for Semiconductor Manufacturing

If you know anything about semiconductor manufacturing, then you know how precise everything has to be. There can be no contamination, no variance in temperature, and no room for error. That’s why Powerblanket® products play a vital role in maintaining ideal temperature for gases used in the manufacturing process of semiconductors.

 

Ideal Temperature Control for Semiconductor Manufacturing

Close Enough Isn’t Good Enough

Every semiconductor manufacturer seems to have their own recipe for producing their product. Whatever the processes, it’s certain to be very particular and stringent in nature. For example, heat-treated gases, purified for various processes in the creation on semiconductors, have to be able to maintain the ideal temperature for the duration of their function.

If a gas were to drop by as little as two degrees, the entire manufacturing process would be compromised. Temperature alone isn’t the only factor, however. Extraction rates have to be bang on form too.  Of course, in the end, extraction rates and flow rates ultimately have to do with temperature. Keeping the temperature of a tank of gas at the absolute perfect degree allows for consistent flow rates and uncompromised accuracy.

 

The Powerblanket Role in the Matter

The application possibilities of Powerblanket products are more than meets the eye. At least, we could say they’re more than the common person would think of upon first consideration. That’s why examples such as these are exciting for us to share. We love learning from our customers and sharing the myriad of applications and processes our products serve.

In regards to semiconductor manufacturing, our blankets allow for tight and regulated temperature control. With thermostatic controls built in, Powerblanket tank blankets can keep any gases, liquids, solids, or any combination at the proper temperature for as long as needed. So remember, if you can haul, build, truck it, or ship it, Powerblanket can cover it…literally.

 

 

Great Black Leaders In Wax Museum Gets Approval to Expand

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The Urban Design and Architecture Review Panel of Baltimore recently approved the design and plan to expand the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum. The museum is already one of the city’s great icons, and it is the hope of those involved that the new expanded facility will increase visitations beyond their already high numbers.

Great Blacks In Wax Museum

A Move to Improve

Of all wax museums, The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum is certain to be one of most prestigious in the nation. In the museum’s thirty-two year history, it has seen over a million visitors. With the expansion of the new facility, the museum’s notoriety is sure to increase attendance numbers significantly too.

The $75 million dollar project will expand the current layout to include resources not presently available. Multiple exhibits will be added to the new museum, along with a gift shop for visitors. In addition to these niceties, the project will include a genealogical center and a theater.

Last year, four new individuals were inducted into the museum, namely: Mahalia Jackson, Rev. Harold A. Carter, Rev. John R. Bryant, and Rev. George E. Battle. Of course, being inducted into the museum means that the individual is honored by an impeccable wax sculpture, and with the forthcoming expansion of the new museum, there will be room for even more additions to the historic lineup of influential African Americans.

Powerblanket and an Industry

The wax industry has more projects to account for than just making candles. You can imagine the amount it takes to create a life-size, life-like hero of African American history. Powerblanket serves the industry with heating solutions that allow for careful temperature regulation that is made possible through patented technology.

Though Powerblanket was not involved in any of the wax sculptures for the museum, we can certainly appreciate the feat it is and how much it has contributed to the history of Baltimore, and the history of our nation.

 

 

Product Spotlight: Gas Cylinder Heaters

Do you store gas in cylinders? If so, then you know how the cold can affect them, even during this mild winter. In order to keep your storage from being compromised by a drop in temperature, you need a solution that can both insulate and heat. This is where Powerblanket® Gas Cylinder Heaters come into play.

 

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Pressure and Depletion

Let’s face it, this is one of the mildest winters North America has seen in a very long time, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t getting cold enough to affect equipment and resources left out in the dropping temperatures, even though they aren’t dropping as low as usual. As far as gas storage goes, if you’re storing it in gas cylinders, you’re likely keeping it outside, and if it’s outside, it’s going to lose pressure—causing depletion and problems with extraction.

When you store pressurized gas in cold temperatures, or any temperature below ideal, then the pressure in your tank is going to be far less than efficient. This is simply due to the molecules of gas moving closer together, just like in your car’s tires. And of course, as the molecules move closer together, the pressure drastically drops. This means when it comes time for extracting the gas from your tank or cylinder, you’re going to run into troubles; it’s going to seem like there isn’t as much gas in there.

 

Powerblanket® Gas Cylinder Heaters

Powerblanket® Gas Cylinder Heaters solve this problem by adding a protective barrier that both insulates and heats your tank or cylinder to the ideal temperature needed for optimal pressure maintenance. Powerblanket offers a range of gas cylinder heaters equipped for maintaining temperatures of propane, butane, nitrogen, oxygen, and other compressed gases. Powerblanket® Gas Cylinder Heaters offer uniform heat distribution across the entire cylinder. This revolutionary heating solution reduces costs by optimizing container temperatures and increasing cylinder efficiency.

What’s more, the Powerblanket® product line is designed for any heating job. Every product is built using a rugged vinyl shell that is safe to use in temperatures as low as -20° F. So in other words, Powerblanket products can keep your equipment protected well below freezing.

 

Standout Features

  • Increases performance and efficiency of gas cylinders
  • Provides even heat distribution
  • Saves money by optimizing gas and material usage
  • Safety certified by UL/CSA/CE
  • Eliminates unnecessary cylinder refills in cold weather

 

 

Product Spotlight: Propane Tank Heater

Winter weather amounts to dropping temperatures, and when the temperature drops, it affects more than just our willingness to go outside. It affects the products we use and store outdoors or in cold warehouses. One of the products commonly left to brave the weather on its own is propane. And when propane is left in the cold, it doesn’t work so well.

 

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Cold Weather’s Strain on Propane

Have you ever stopped to think about how cold weather affects your propane tanks? If you store them outside perhaps you’ve been concerned about why they perform less efficiently. Even if you store them inside, if the ambient air around them is too cold, it will still cause a decrease in efficiency and performance.

The reason for this is illustrated in the picture below. It’s a simple matter of science. Think back to the physics classes you had in school. Do you remember what happens to liquids and gas when they get cold? (Water is the only exception we know of.) That’s right; they contract. And when propane contracts in your tank, it’s not a good thing. When the gas in your tank is at a nice toasty-warm level, the molecules that form the gas spread apart, increasing pressure and enabling your tank to push that pressurized gas out with efficient force and frequency. However, when the tank drops in temperature, those same molecules move closer together and drastically decrease tank pressure—in turn decreasing the performance of your tank. So what do you do to solve this problem? Well, you either keep your propane in a room that’s extremely hot year round, or else you go with the far more economical and sensible option.

 

Propane Tank Heater

Powerblanket® Propane Tank Heaters

The Powerblanket® Propane Tank Heater offer a simple, economical, and highly efficient means for keeping your propane tanks from losing valuable pressure. Powerblanket simply has the best propane-tank-heating solution on the market. Our blankets enable you to maintain pressure and efficiency for almost any size and shape of propane tank. So don’t deal with unnecessary refills on your tanks during the winter. Get Powerblanket® Propane Tank Heaters, and let Mother Nature do her worst.

 

Powerblanket® Propane Tank Heater FeaturesVarious Sized Propane Tank Heaters

  • Increases performance and efficiency of propane tanks
  • Provides even heat distribution
  • Saves money by optimizing gas and material usage
  • Safety certified by UL/CSA/CE
  • Eliminates unnecessary cylinder refills in cold weather

 

 

4 Ways to Beautiful Candles: Heating Wax Effectively

Manufacturing candles may seem like a simple process, but it actually takes some considerable attention to detail. This is especially true when it comes to heating wax and keeping it at the right temperature.

 

Consistency is Key in Heating Wax

Did you know that creating a good candle involves more than just pouring hot wax into a mold and letting it cool? Well, if you’re in the industry, then this is no news to you at all. In order to make a good candle, you need heat. But just any type of heat won’t work.

Without a way to control the temperature of your vat of wax, you could end up with some very poor candles. Candle manufacturers are well aware of this fact. The importance of such has, likewise, sparked the need for solutions that date back many, many years.

The primary answer to heating wax for large-scale candle production comes by means of big and expensive melting takes. Once the wax is melted and dispense from these tanks, it’s then ready for rest of the process. These tanks provide a very efficient way of regulating the proper temperature for ideal wax melting, but they are large and pricy.

Think how grand it would be, however, if you were able to melt and dispense your wax from the same containers in which you store it. This would save you a considerable amount of money and space in your plant. Thankfully, this very thing is what Powerblanket® is able to do for candle manufacturers. With Powerblanket® solutions, you can set the temperature to the ideal range and rest assured it will stay there. Leave the expensive water-jacket heaters behind, and make use of a far less expensive and cumbersome model.

 

4 Essential Qualities for the Ideal Wax Heater—Provided by Powerblanket®

These four imperative qualities represents characteristic that are necessary for the ideal wax heating solution.

  1. Ensure controlled and consistent wax temperature for both the first and second pours.

Inconsistent temperatures in your wax heating process can create significant blending and sinking problems.

  1. Apply uniform, even heat to the wax bath.

An uneven heat range in your melting process will cause inconsistent viscosities and hardening times, causing separation and discoloration.

  1. Avoid overheating.

Overheating can also cause discoloration—along with cracking, poor fragrance throw, poor glass adhesion, frosting, and rough tops—ultimately creating a weakened product.

  1. Avoid water-based heating solutions.

 

Look for a waterless, insulated solution that will apply a reliable, uniform blanket of controlled heat to the wax. Adding the risk of possible water contamination could cause your wicks to flicker, sputter, and spatter. What’s more, if you get water in your wax, it will cause pits in the candle surface.

Powerblanket® solutions provide all these benefits in order to provide the wax industry the solutions they need for wax heating.

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Keeping Your Food Hot With Powerblanket

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When most people stop to consider the concerns associated with storing, transporting, and processing large amounts of food, their minds often turn toward the need for refrigeration. But there’s an opposing dilemma that exists for certain types of food-processing applications and transportation methods, and that is how to bring the food to the proper temperature and keep it there.   

 

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A Hot Topic

For some food-processing applications, it’s imperative that a certain temperature be maintained for long periods of time. Many companies offer large-scale, industry-grade heating equipment fit for food heating and processing, but such equipment is often very expensive and requires a good deal of space to house it all. Yet what if you could house, heat, and process the food in the same containers you store it in?

Obviously, such a convenience would offer not only space-saving benefits, but also time and money-saving benefits too. It’s important to mention that this revolutionary take on keeping food hot couldn’t just deliver heat, though. It would have to deliver smart heat. There would have to be a way to make certain the food stayed at the ideal temperature without overheating. This would be the most important matter, and a second nice feature would be some form of automation in its heat distribution. It would certainly be helpful, for example, if this solution could automatically adjust the temperature delivery based on the fluid level in the container.   

 

The Powerblanket® Smart Blanket Barrel Heater

Powerblanket® thought that this would all be very helpful as well. That’s why Powerblanket® offers a product that allows food-processing plants to do the very things mentioned above. The Powerblanket® Smart Blanket barrel heater provides a safe, efficient, and economical solutions that is far, far less expensive and cumbersome than the alternative. Consider these great features listed below:

Powerblanket heated barrel wrap

  • Specifically designed for challenging food processing applications
  • Prevents material over-heating
  • Three separate zones of heat
  • Delivers heat where it is needed = SMART
  • Automatically adjusts to varying fluid levels
  • Standard 55 Gallon Drum Model 120 VAC 780 Watts
  • Adjustable for product temperatures from ambient to 145 +/- 5°F
  • Water, dust, and corrosion-resistant, programmable thermostatic controller (NEMA 4X standard)
  • Tough abrasion, rip, water, and chemical-resistant outer enclosure
  • Adjustable straps with metal buckles

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The Benefits of Investing in a Custom Tank Heater

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Whether you have oil tanks, water tanks, propane tanks, or tanks that house some sensitive chemical, keeping those tanks, and more importantly, their contents protected through the cold months is essential.

 

 

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The dilemma posed by cold weather on tanks and their contents is no new problem. Traditionally speaking, tank heaters have been around for a while. However, the proper solution to tank maintenance during adverse weather should address the need for a customized approach. Without this, you may be stuck with a one-size-fits-all product that doesn’t actually fit your needs at all.

Common tank-heating solutions can be grouped into two major camps: internal heating elements and external heating or insulating applications. Internal units usually account for built-in or submersible devices that heat the contents of the tank. External applications, on the other hand, account for a range from insulation blankets to band heaters. Both insulation and heating are exactly what one needs to keep their tank from being effected by the cold. Yet, the traditional approaches mentioned here address this fact through separate applications that, most often, fail to work together.

Instead, the proper solution would offer both insulation and evenly-distributed heat throughout the service area of the tank. In industries like Oil & Gas, where tanks are used for a myriad of purposes, it’s important to have customizable product lines for the variance you may have in temperature-regulation requirements. In other words, you won’t need the same temperature applied to a water tank as you would to an oil tank

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Powerblanket® Tank Heaters

Powerblanket® heating solutions are just that—solutions. Though we offer popular pre-made products for common applications, we also ensure that we can customize our products to offer the proper solution to all the industries we serve. So regardless of what size or shape your tank is, Powerblanket® can cover it.

Our heating solutions offer both insulation qualities and evenly-distributed heat throughout the surface area of the blanket. This means that your tank is both protected from the cold as well as heated from every side. With Powerblanket® patented technology, you get a channeled heat flow that is unparalleled by traditional heat-tracing methods.

Along with all this, Powerblanket® products are also certifiably safe—manufactured under CID2 (Class I Division 2) requirements.

See what our tank heaters can do for yourself by downloading this free propane freezer test!

 

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Tank Heaters & Tank Warmers

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Whether you’re looking for a heating solution for oil tanks, FRAC tanks, propane tanks, or water tanks, Powerblanket® tank heaters are a perfect fit for the job.

Storage tanks of different shapes and sizes

A Myriad of Applications

Any type of tank can be taken into consideration with a customized heating solution from Powerblanket. Regardless of what you’re storing in your tank, you can rest assured that the patented technology in Powerblanket® heating blankets can protect, maintain, and optimize the fluidity, consistency, or any other important characteristic of your product.

With Powerblanket® technology, you get an even distribution of heat throughout the entire surface area, allowing for equal protection and maintenance of your product. Along with this, Powerblanket heating blankets can be set to meet your heating and warming needs, regardless of the temperature. There’s no need to worry about overheating, scorching, or damage of your product due to excessive temperatures. Powerblanket doesn’t just add the heat, it keeps the heat where it needs to be.

 

Powerblanket tank heaters

Features of Powerblanket Tank Heaters & Tank Warmers

  •         Maintains optimal temperatures in freezing conditions
  •         Custom designed to fit your specific application
  •         Available in various voltage requirements
  •         Water and wind resistant

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A Big Name in the Wax Industry Helps to Grow a Small Town

Have you ever heard of Meridian Idaho? There’s a good chance that many haven’t. However, interestingly enough, it’s one of the fastest growing towns (percentagewise) in the US. Part of this could be because a certain player in the wax market moved its headquarters there.

 

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Scentsy Candles

Now you may not have heard of Meridian, ID, but you’ve probably heard of Scentsy candles—the wickless, flameless, scented candles that are in so many homes these days. Perhaps you even know some lady who sells them. They’re like the Avon of candles, after all.

Now, it just so happens that this big company recently moved its headquarters to Meridian, ID. Whether or not this has had a direct effect on the accelerated growth of the small northwestern town is probably debatable. Yet, one thing is certain: it surely has helped add to the growth.

According to a report by StateImpact (a reporting project of National Public Radio—NPR) Scentsy is ranked among the nation’s most promising companies by Forbes and Inc.com. Who knew there was so much money in candles that don’t even have wicks or need a flame? Well, someone did, because the most recent numbers on Scentsy’s website show that there are now more than 200,000 consultants/distributors of the company’s products.

 

Powerblanket and the Wax Industry

Though candles, especially the type Scentsy produces, are only a small part of the wax industry/market, news such as this helps to illustrate the value related to a respective product. At Powerblanket, we understand the value behind a company’s wax stores. That’s why we take interest in protecting this product and many others from the effects of cold weather.

If you’re going to set up shop in Meridian Idaho, or any other town in the Rocky Mountain West, then freeze protection becomes an important part of your operational procedures. When any material (which is meant to remain at room temperature) freezes, there are almost always unfavorable effects to follow. However, with Powerblanket’s patented technology, you can keep your wax at the proper temperature—regardless of where you store it.

References:

StateImpact

https://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/2012/03/26/scentsy-becomes-a-multimillion-dollar-business/

Scentsy.com

http://scentsy.com/about-scentsy-fragrance/fast-facts

 

 

One Size Fits All–Not Likely (The Importance of Customization)

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In today’s world, businesses that offer solutions to fit the needs of everyone are a dime a dozen. Whether we’re talking mobile providers or cleaning products, the cookie-cutter approach is often used to meet the broad needs of most people. But there are many occasions where this simply doesn’t work.

 

One Size Fits All--Not Likely (The Importance of Customization) 1The Industries We Serve – In a Customized Way

There are certainly cases where variable options aren’t that important. For the most part, good dish soap is good dish soap, for example. However, Powerblanket isn’t cleaning up messes; we’re preventing them. And the messes we prevent are a much bigger deal than unwashed dishes.

At Powerblanket, we know that customization is important to our customers. That’s why each product we produce isn’t offered in just grey, yellow, and white—large, medium, and small, but is customized to meet the specific needs of the business and industry requesting it. We know that not all valves are the same size or shape, that not all instrumentation looks the same, and that not all containers are made equal in capacity or form. For this reason, we seek first to understand your needs, and second to offer a product that provides custom heating solutions to meet your needs.

Powerblanket’s customizable product line can be formed and fashioned to cover whatever you need to heat, insulate, or warm. From valve heaters to pipe warmers, and from DEF storage to spray foam, if it needs to be protected against the cold, Powerblanket’s got it covered, literally.

 

What About Hazardous Environments?

Do you need a CID2 certified heating solution? No sweat, we can help. If you work in hazardous environment where an added heat applicator could mean danger, don’t worry, Powerblanket still has you covered. Powerblanket manufactures products that are compliant with cETLus Class I, Division 2 hazardous location certification (CID2). Powerblanket products are safe, reliable, and durable, especially if your work environment is a CID2 hazardous location. Powerblanket offers a superior heating solution that allows you to protect your expensive equipment at a price that is extremely economical.

 

Other Safety Compliance Standards

Our hazardous location products conform to the following standards:

  • UL/CSA/CE standards
  • ANSI/UL STD 499
  • CAN/CSA C22.2 NO 130
  • ISA12.12.01
  • CSA C22.2 No. 213
  • cETLus Class I Division 2 (Groups A, B, C & D)
  • Temperature Classification T4 (135◦C)

 

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Winter and Propane Usage–Protecting Your Propane With Propane Heaters

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Perhaps last winter didn’t seem all that abnormal to you. Of course, that depends on where you live. Many places across the country (and world) experienced winter weather that was harsher than normal, and it had a direct effect on propane depletion too.

 

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If you use propane as a heating source for anything during the winter months, then you can probably attest to the fact that the cold conditions of this last winter raised the demands beyond normal.

In fact, some sources are reporting this last winter as one of the coldest and longest in recent memory—at least for us in North America, that is.

According to TheStar.com, natural gas prices, propane included, have increased significantly since last year, and analysts attribute the climb to an especially cold winter. While transportation cost grew by 8 percent, it was the cost of storage that hiked even higher. According to the report from TheStar.com, cost for storing natural gas grew by 38 percent. And that could translate into as much as thirty-three extra dollars per month for an average consumer.

 

Protect Your Precious Propane

More than ever, ensuring optimal storage for your propane or other natural gas is of prime importance.  With costs going up, you’ll want to make sure you don’t lose any of your precious propane over the winter months, and we’re not talking about limiting usage either.

When you’re working with propane during cold weather (and this goes for any natural gas) it’s of extreme importance to maintain tank pressure. However, tank pressure can be drastically affected by cold temperatures. This is because tank pressure is maintained in two ways: fluid levels and temperature. Keeping fluid levels high is a task in and of itself, but keeping your tank at an ideal temperature to refrain from depleting your stores may seem next to impossible, being that most propane is stored outside.

Well, it’s not impossible. In fact, it’s quite easy and trouble free with Powerblanket’s propane heaters. Powerblanket’s patented technology delivers an even and consistent distribution of heat to ensure that the tank remains at the temperature it should, regardless of big drops in degrees. So don’t sweat through the summer worrying about another long winter to come. Instead, reach out to us at Powerblanket and solve the problem before it starts.

 

 

To read more about the report from TheStar.com, visit their site below:

TheStar.com

http://www.thestar.com/business/personal_finance/2014/04/13/as_natural_gas_prices_soar_is_relief_in_sight.html

 

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How To Prevent Propane Pressure Loss Through the Winter Months

When working with propane in the winter months, it’s important to maintain tank pressure.  Cold weather can can be devastating to a depleting propane tank. This is because pressure is maximized by fluid levels and temperature. This means the tank needs to be close to full or the temperature needs to be warm. When one or both decrease, so does the pressure of your propane. There are ways of heating the tank that can prevent the pressure from dropping.

Here are a few traditional ways people maintain propane tank pressure:

  1. Hot water

  2. Submerge the tank in water and put a boiler underneath it

  3. Blow torches

  4. Space Heater

  5. Insulated wrap

  6. Propane Tank Heating blanket

Safety

Most of these methods are really dangerous with an extreme risk of fires or explosions. Propane is a flammable gas and should never be heated with open flames or an uncontrollable heating source. Whatever method you choose to heat your propane tank, safety should be a top priority.

Effectiveness

Effectiveness should also be a deciding factor.  I recommend using a safe, temperature controlled heating blanket. Powerblanket propane tank heating blankets are the safest and most effective way of maintaining propane pressure during cold winter months.  With an insulated heating blanket you have the ability to control the temperature and pressure of the propane tank safely and easily.  You can plug the blanket in and walk away from it knowing that  your propane tank, your house or your job site are all safe and functioning.

 

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Vacuum Trucks Are Invaluable To The Oil And Gas Industry

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Powerblanket Concrete Curing BlanketThe oil and gas industry doesn’t slow down in cold weather.  Having a piece of equipment freeze in this industry is not only expensive, it’s catastrophic. Therefore, it’s extremely important to keep up with the required maintenance. Unfortunately, the cost of maintaining  vehicles and equipment goes up in cold weather.

Vacuum trucks are a critical piece of equipment in the oil and gas industry. They are used to transport fluids on a daily basis and are needed just as much in the colder climates as they are in the warmer climates. When equipment such as tanks and valves freeze, it causes concerns for safety, and at that point it needs to be handled immediately.

 

Below are three common methods to winterize your vacuum truck:

  • Running antifreeze through the entire system
  • Recirculation system
  • Heated Blanket

 

Cold weather also creates a problem for vacuum trucks when storing them overnight.  If you do not drain all of the water out of your machine before storing it, the pressure can build up within the tank, which can prove dangerous.

I recommend finding a solution that is easy to install with low maintenance costs. The most important thing is to maintain the functionality and productivity of the truck while providing a safe work environment for employees and the public.

 

Below are five things to look for in a heating solution:

  • Low maintenance
  • Reliability
  • Safety
  • Adding heat instead of chemicals
  • A single solution for multiple concerns

Frac Water Heaters – Increase Productivity And Revenue During Cold Weather

Frac Water HeatersFrac water heaters are a necessary part of the hydraulic fracturing process. It is imperative to heat frac water before it is pumped into the well for the following three reasons.

  1. Warm water is required for pumping during freezing weather conditions
  2. Linear or crossed-link gel frac fluids require specific temperatures
  3. Tubular contraction issues require heating to minimize the possibilities of casing failures

 

Like all propane units, when temperatures and fluid levels drop, so does pressure. Because propane is the source running the frac water heater, it is extremely important to maintain pressure. Heating one or multiple frac tanks can be a time consuming job, especially in cold weather. One solution to maintain pressure is to heat the propane tank on the frac water heater. Maintaining a consistent temperature on your propane tank will provide the following four benefits:

 

  1. Avoid down time
  2. Complete your daily jobs without having to shutdown to fill your tank
  3. Complete a heating job in a timely manner with fewer trucks
  4. Increase your revenue per job

 

There are only a few ways to heat large propane tanks. Most companies that heat frac water, use similar methods to maintain the pressure in their propane tanks. The current heating methods most frequently used are, blowtorches, vaporizers, and tarps with space heaters. These methods can be permanent, ineffective, dangerous and time consuming. I recommend finding a heating solution that does not require additional man hours, and is safe and efficient.If too much heat is applied, you run the risk of blowing safety valves on your propane tank and creating a hazardous situation.
Below is an example of a safe and efficient heating solution for a propane tank used on a frac water heater.

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How to Maintain Wax Flowability

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The Perfect Candle Wax HeaterWhen working with wax, it is important to maintain flowability and the best way to do that is to heat it. When wax cools it causes build-up whether it is in a bucket, pipe, or pump. Wax build ups are not only frustrating, but can also be extremely costly to resolve. Installing a heated system before you being working and pumping is the best way to prevent the costs associated with damage repairs and cleaning maintenance.

 

When heating your waxes there are four questions to ask.

  • What temperature does you wax solidify?
  • What temperature does the wax burn or become damaged?
  • What temperature is best for the flowability desired?
  • What type of wax is it?

 

Maintaining a consistent flow is important to avoid a wax build up inside a pipe, as it can cause a decrease in productivity. When wax builds up in pipes and pumps it can create a block that will cause your equipment to break and spill. I strongly recommend heating your pipes and pumps, look for a reliable heating source that offers an even distribution of heat; this will prevent clumps building up in your pipes and pumps and keep the flow consistent.

An even distribution of heat is not only important to maintain a consistency in the wax, but is also important to avoid burning or damaging the wax.

 

Here are three things to look for in a heating solution to maintain wax viscosity.

  1. Even heat distribution
  2. Safe reliable temperature controls
  3. Adjustable heating controls

How to Prevent Valves from Freezing?

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Custom Powerblanket Pipe HeatersThe best way to avoid valves from freezing is to apply a direct source of consistent heat. When pipes and valves freeze up, it can cause some down time along with additional costs for damaged valves.

Regardless of what is flowing through the pipelines, avoiding damage means to avoid freezes, especially during the times that the pipelines are not flowing. To prevent valves from freezing I recommend heating them. A safe electrical heating source is the best way to go. You need to be able to control the temperature safely and evenly to avoid damaging the pipes or the contents inside. Finding a solution with an even distribution of heat is also important to avoid hot and cold spots.  

It is also easier to find a method of freeze protection vs. finding a solution to thaw a valve that is already frozen. It takes a lot more energy to thaw a solid, than it does to warm it enough to avoid freezing. So I also recommend finding a solution and getting it installed before the cold season begins. So when searching for a solution, look for a cost effective solution that can be easily maintained and installed without the costs of additional labor.

How Can I Prevent Pipes from Breaking Between Crude Oil Pumps?

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Trans-Alaskan PipelineApplying heat to your pipes will prevent your pipes from breaking when pumping crude oil. When you complete a pump and can’t clean your pipes, I recommend keeping the pipes warm to avoid build up. As you being a new pump, if there is an oil build up in the pipe, the pressure from the new pump can cause your pipes to explode.

There are four key things to remember when working with crude oil, be sure to know what oil you are working with.

  1. Crude oil can begin to solidify at ambient temperature.
  2. Some crudes can become rock hard at 60°F, while others do not.
  3. Crude oil is considered a hazardous chemical and should be handled with care.
  4. Heat is required to maintain the flow ability of the oil.

Because crude oil is considered a hazardous material and is combustible at temperatures between 230°F and 330°F. I recommend finding a safe and reliable heat source to work with that is certified for Class 1 Division 2 hazardous locations, and cannot heat over 150°F.