IBC Heater Solutions for Sensitive Products

IBC Heater blankets are an excellent temperature control solution for your sensitive products.

Simplify with an IBC (intermediate bulk container) Heater Jacket

Most chemicals and industrial supplies have stringent storage and temperature requirements. Cold temperatures can be particularly troublesome. If you store chemicals or other industrial supplies in large totes, it’s difficult to find an effective heating solution. How do you keep an IBC/tote tank, full of chemicals, at optimal temperatures? Do you store chemicals and/or other temperature-sensitive materials?  Are you concerned about freeze prevention or temperature control?   Rather than hope that your stacked IBCs keep each other warm, invest in a solution that will save you time, money, hassle, and preserve your sensitive products.

IBC Heater Solutions

Powerblanket has the solution. Powerblanket IBC heater blankets provide safe, consistent heat, ensuring your totes are stored at optimal temperatures. Our standard IBC heater blankets  fit 250 gallon, 275 gallon, 330 gallon, 350 gallon, 450 gallon and 550 gallon totes.


Powerblanket IBC Heater Jacket Cross Section

A Powerblanket IBC heater offers consistent, and regulated heat distribution at a fraction of the cost of other IBC heater alternatives.  The advanced insulation prevents heat loss and will protect down to -40°F/-40°C.  The heating element within the blanket allows for more surface area contact, conserving energy and greatly reducing hot and cold spots.  

Powerblanket technology

All Powerblanket IBC Tote Heater models come with an insulated top which reduces heat loss from your application.

  • Designed to be durable and weather resistant
  • Safely heat and protect a wide variety of chemicals and materials
  • Includes adjustable digital thermostatic controller
  • Provide an insulated full-wrap design
  • Provide easy access with a removable top
  • Deliver uniform heat to temperature sensitive products
  • Preserve expensive materials without scorching or burning
  • Prevent waste by maintaining consistent temperatures
  • Raise material temperatures as high as 145 ºF / 62 ºC (± 5 ºF/3 ºC), depending on ambient conditions
  • ETL certified to UL and CSA safety standards

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Freeze Protection For IBC Tote Tank

Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Which means it’s time to consider how you are going to keep your IBC tote tank warm through the winter. Powerblanket tote heaters are an ideal solution for the freeze protection of your IBC tote tank.

Rather than panic when the weather turns cold, prepare now to prevent your materials from freezing. IBCs are a valuable resource for decreasing customer costs through reduced handling, storage space, and shipping expenses. They are easy to use, transport, and recycle.

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IBC Tote Uses

Your IBCs may ship and store:

  • Bulk chemicals including hazardous materials or dangerous goods
  • Commodities and raw materials used in industrial production
  • Liquid, granulated, and powdered food ingredients
  • Food syrups, such as corn syrup or molasses
  • Petrochemical products, such as solvents, detergents, or adhesives
  • Rainwater when used for rooftop rainwater collection
  • Used IBCs are the basic building blocks for many home aquaponic systems
  • For more goofy uses for IBC totes check out this Youtube video

Tote Tips

There are a few common sense strategies for keeping IBC tank totes warm: stacking them if you have multiples and keeping them indoors, if that’s possible. However, even these strategies cannot guarantee freeze protection for IBC tote tanks with temperature sensitive materials.

Benefits of Using Powerblanket to Heat Your Totes

Powerblanket® Tote Heaters maintain optimal heating conditions for temperature sensitive materials.


  • Distribute heat evenly around the tote, without any hot or cold spots
  • Designed to be durable and weather resistant
  • Provide easy access with a removable top
  • Include an adjustable thermostatic controller, for precise temperature control
  • Safely heat and protect a wide variety of chemicals and materials

Stacks of IBC Totes

Standard sizes  fit the IBC 250 gallon, 275 gallon (1,040 liter), 330 gallon (1,249 liter), 350 gallon (1,325 liter) 450 gallon, and 550 gallon totes. Also in 120 vac and 240 vac.

Let Powerblanket ease the stress of winter by helping you plan your IBC tote tank freeze prevention.

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How to Winterize your IBC Tote

Stacks of Different Colored IBC Totes

Fall isn’t just a time to think about Fantasy Football, it’s time to start winterizing your IBC totes. In this blog post, we’ll go over a few ways you can start preparing before temperatures drop. Better to do it now, than wait and scramble to defrost your frozen IBCs.

Stack Your Totes

Most IBC’s are designed in part to be stackable by means of a forklift. By stacking and grouping the tanks together, you reduce the surface area exposed to the cold air. This method certainly won’t keep the totes warm, but it may keep internal temperatures a degree or two higher. In subzero temperatures however, this would still be fairly ineffective.

Store IBC’s Indoors

The most obvious solution to winterizing your tanks would be moving them into a climate controlled warehouse. The obvious drawback to this is the amount of space that each IBC tank takes up, as well as the outrageous heating costs of a warehouse (more than 10% of total revenue for some businesses!). Another drawback for some, is the inability to localize the heat, or maintain a certain viscosity- if you are storing liquids where this is important.

tote heater / ibc heaterUse a Powerblanket

Perhaps the most efficient and controllable solution to winterize your IBC tote is a Powerblanket– an electrically-heated, industrial blanket that wraps around your IBC. We have ready-to-ship solutions for every popular size of tote. They come with or without an insulated lid, and an adjustable thermostat that reaches as high as 145 degrees F. If our stocked tote heaters don’t fit your application, no problem, let us make you a custom one. We have a team of engineers onsite that can design a Powerblanket to fit any size, variation, and specification of your particular totes. Drop us a line.

Whether you store liquids, chemicals, or food items in IBCs, take the time to protect them now so that you can worry about your Fantasy lineup, instead of worrying about your business materials when you wake up and see frost on the ground.

Any other concerns or questions? Ask us in the comments!

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DEF Freezing and DEF in Cold Weather

The Polar Vortex is sliding down over the country.  Have you taken precautions to prevent DEF freezing in the increasingly cold temperatures swiftly approaching?  We have tips and guidelines to help you with DEF in cold weather.

Understanding DEF and SCR

Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is a non-hazardous solution, which is 32.5% urea and 67.5% deionized water. DEF is sprayed into the exhaust stream of diesel vehicles to break down dangerous NOx emissions into harmless nitrogen and water. NOx is an element in exhaust that has been blamed for acid rain, smog and raising the overall greenhouse gas levels of the planet.  DEF is not a fuel additive and never comes into contact with diesel. It is stored in a separate tank, typically with a blue filler cap. This system is called Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR).  SCR and DEF have been used for decades in other commercial and agricultural applications.

Storing DEF

DEF should be stored in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. The ideal storage temperature for DEF is between 15ºF and 65ºF (-9ºC and 18ºC). It should not be exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time as the urea will decompose. When possible, DEF packages and bulk storage should be kept indoors in temperature-controlled environments.  Use the right container. DEF is mildly corrosive, and should be stored in containers of HDPE plastic or stainless steel. 

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DEF Expires

Check the expiration. The storage life of DEF varies. The urea is vulnerable to degradation from sunlight and higher temperatures. In favorable storage conditions (proper container, away from direct sunlight, temperatures between 15 and 65°F), DEF can maintain its qualities for about 12 months. 

Be Good to DEF

Handle it like fuel. Per EPA guidelines, vehicles using DEF must include sensors to continually analyze the quality of the DEF being consumed. These sensors will trigger a fault code whenever an imbalance is detected. Most commonly, this results from a higher percentage of water as a result of foreign matter, condensation or rainwater in the DEF storage container or during transfer.  The quality and integrity of DEF must be maintained for proper machine operation. It must be protected against evaporation and temperature extremes, and kept free of contaminants. Doing so could change DEF density, impacting its performance.

At what temperature does DEF freeze?

Quote on DEF standards

DEF, because of the urea, doesn’t have the freezing point of water. The urea mixture has a much lower freezing point of 12°F/-11°C. This solution doesn’t break into just urea and just water, either. The solution freezes at the same rate, and also thaws at the same rate. This means that at no point does the DEF freezing cause the solution to become over concentrated or diluted. DEF will begin to slush and then freeze.  There is no harm to the product which means that the urea solution is still safe to use if it has been frozen.

DEF Freezing and Expansion

Though it is safe to use again once thawed, expansion from freezing could cause problems.  Since DEF is a mixture of deionized water and urea, it reacts somewhat like water in that it does expand when frozen. DEF freezing usually causes about a 7% expansion. It is important to note that DEF freezing is usually taken into account when creating the packaging and tanks that are supposed to hold DEF. DEF packaging and tanks allow for expansion. However, one must be aware of the expansion of DEF when filling.  When storing equipment overnight or longer in temperatures that could result in DEF freezing, it is important to make sure the DEF tank on the equipment is not completely full or that it has an appropriate heat source. This will allow for expansion and help prevent cracking of the storage reservoir.

How to Prevent DEF Freezing?

DEF freezing was taken into account by the OEMs prior to creating the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems. Therefore, the SCR systems are designed to provide heating for the DEF tank and supply lines; however, if the vehicle is shut down and exposed to freezing temperatures, then it is likely that the DEF will freeze. Diesel owners do not need to worry about DEF interfering with their vehicle, however. If DEF freezes when the vehicle is shutdown, startup and normal operation of the vehicle will not be inhibited. In most cases, the SCR heating system will quickly thaw the DEF in order to return it to liquid form and resume normal operation.


Can Anything Be Added to Prevent DEF Freezing?

Many want to know if anti-gelling or freeze-point-improver can be added to the DEF mixture to prevent freezing. DO NOT put additives into the urea solution because DEF must remain pure. The quality of DEF is extremely important for proper performance. Adding any additives would damage its ability to perform correctly and could even result in damages to the SCR system. No additives are approved for DEF at this time.

DEF Tote Heaters from Powerblanket®

Powerblanket has a solution for DEF freeze prevention:  Powerblanket DEF Tote Heaters maintain optimal heating conditions for temperature sensitive materials.  Powerblanket DEF Tote Heaters are temperature specific for the Diesel Exhaust Fluid to protect from freezing and maintain optimal temperatures.

Model demonstrating how to use a DEF toteHere’s How

  • Distribute heat evenly around the tote
  • Fully enclose and heat the tote and pump housing unit
  • Designed to be durable and weather resistant
  • Easy access to fill with a removable top
  • Simple plug and play operation, temperature is automatically regulated
  • Safely heat and protect a wide variety of chemicals and materials
  • 330 and 275  gallon versions feature an easy to access flap to the pump
  • Heated wraps for customized DEF bulk storage tanks available upon request
  • Include a frame to easily enclose and heat pump and hose


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Powerblanket Receives Manufacturer of the Year Award from UMA

If you haven’t seen this headline somewhere else on the web by now, we’re happy to tell you all about it here. Utah Manufacturers Association recently awarded Powerblanket something we’re pretty happy about. Read on to learn more about the UMA Manufacturer of the Year Award.


Brent Reddekopp  receiving UMA Award for PowerblanketUMA and Manufacturer of the Year

Utah Manufacturers Association (UMA), recently awarded Powerblanket the prestigious award  of Manufacturer of the Year. This award is given annually to the Utah-based manufacturer that proves to be the most innovative contributor to their space. There’s even more to it than this, but we’ll get to that.

UMA has been around since 1905. The organization prides itself on offering the “voice of industry” in the state of Utah, and they’ve been doing so for over 107 years now. UMA has clearly been talking Utah economy for a long time, but talking isn’t all they do. UMA is a trade association, and their goal is to enhance and improve the business climate in the state. UMA doesn’t only offer insight and expertise in the business of manufacturing, but the organization also has considerable experience in the legislative processes of state government. This is how they can do so much to vie for the interests of Utah businesses and the overall economic prosperity of the state.

UMA’s Manufacturer of the Year Award embodies the mission of UMA in multiple ways. By awarding the company that not only proves innovative in their respective markets, but also offers leadership in their industry, UMA’s award encourages and rewards the same idealism by which their organization operates. Powerblanket was chosen to receive this award for 2015, based on the embodiment of these characteristics and more. In fact, why don’t we just give it to you in their own words. According to UMA, Powerblanket received the award “for their outstanding performance in operational excellence, economic achievement, workplace safety, community outreach, and fidelity to the principles of free enterprise.”

Powerblanket is honored to receive such accolades from a high quality establishment like UMA. The credibility of UMA and the Manufacturer of the Year Award lends a great addition to our own image and ethos as a company devoted to “operational excellence, economic achievement, workplace safety, community outreach, and fidelity to the principles of free enterprise.”

So, from all of us here at Powerblanket, thank you, UMA for this great privilege.


Custom Heating Solutions: What You Need to Know

So many industries need heating solutions, and not just during the cold months either. Epoxy curing, chemical storage, viscosity maintenance, food preparations, concrete curing, and much more can all benefit from innovative temperature regulation year round. And hey, that’s what we do.


Custom Heating BlanketsCustom Heating vs. Ready to Ship Products

Powerblanket® produces an extensive line of ready-to-ship products designed and engineered for a myriad of purposes. For example, if you store temperature-sensitive materials in drums, barrels, or totes, then our ready-to-ship barrel and drum heaters or tote heaters will accommodate your heating needs perfectly. If you store DEF, then take a look at our DEF heaters. If you have palletized product you need to keep warm, check out our Hot Box.

Along with all these great product offerings, however, one of our company’s greatest contributions to the industries we serve is the ability we have of producing custom heating solutions for just about any project under the sun.

We’re in November now, and many are thinking about the effect cold weather is going to have on their business continuity. Some will search high and low and feel frustration at the lack of solutions that fit their very specific need. If you’re reading this as one of those frustrated individuals, then take courage, because we specialize in this sort of thing.

Sometimes the word “custom” makes a process sound like it’s going to take a long time and cost a boatload of money. With some manufacturers, that may be true, but our manufacturing and customization process is fluid and effective, meaning that we can turn around a custom product in a reasonable window. In the case of Powerblanket, you can expect to be wowed.

So whether you need a heating solution for a large or oddly shaped propane tank, truck-mounted water cylinders, valves, manifolds, instrumentation, large scale epoxy curing, or any other specific application, then Powerblanket is ready to help.


Custom Heating Solutions from Powerblanket Offer:

  • A reasonable window for completion
  • The ability to answer varying levels of customization
  • Certification to universal safety standards
  • Easy installation and use

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Higher Temperature Powerblanket® Products Now Available

Have you been awaiting increased heating capabilities in the Poweblanket line? Well, if so, your wait is over. The new higher-temperature, Powerblanket 400 line is now available!


Powerblanket 400 Band HeaterWhat 400 Offers

So what makes Powerblanket 400 different from the standard line of Powerblanket products? Increased heating capabilities, that’s what. The Powerblanket® 400™ industrial heating blankets offer new high-temperature abilities for industries that need higher heat application.

Powerblanket 400 heating blankets are able to reach higher temperatures than the standard Powerblanket product line. How high, you ask? If you guessed 400° F, you’d be right. The increased heating capabilities of the Powerblanket 400 heating blanket come as a result of increased wattage and high temperature aluminum heat spreading technology. With 300 watts per square foot of surface area, these blankets deliver a lot of heat.  These blankets offer high-powered, high-temperature heating for jobs that need oven-like temperatures.

Like so many other Poweblanket models, the new Powerblanket 400 products come in both 120 volt and 240 volt models. Our Powerblanket 400 band heaters are the safe and efficient alternative to traditional silicone band heaters, and our Powerblanket 400 custom options allow for a tailored approach to your specific project.  Our proprietary blend of technology has long set us apart from our competition and has enabled us to provide the best, most even heat distribution on the market. Now, with the Powerblanket 400 product in the arsenal, we’ve added to our technological heating approach. The Powerblanket 400 series makes use of high-efficiency aluminum heat-spreading technology, creating increased heat density and a completely even distribution of heat.

But it doesn’t stop there either. These new heating blankets also include silicone-coated, 2nd generation fiberglass shells. These fiberglass shells are extremely durable and flame retardant. Where other silicon heat solutions are known to be somewhat unsafe in hazardous conditions, Powerblanket 400 heaters are as safe as all our other products. Since the silicone shells are insulated, there’s no risk of burns or flames if they’re touched by a hand or an unexpected spark. All these features have allowed us to create a solution fit for many heave duty projects, such as resin curing, welding conditioning, manufacturing processes, and much more.

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 Mansfield D1 Expo and Powerblanket® DEF Heaters

Powerblanket recently attended the 2015 Mansfield D1 Expo in Denver Colorado. There, Powerblanket was able to showcase the company’s patented DEF storage heater technology to many interested attendees. What’s more, Powerblanket was able to discuss technologies that reached beyond just DEF heaters.

Mansfield’s Expo

This year’s Mansfield D1 Expo was one of the biggest yet. Mansfield Oil is a national leader in the industries of energy supply, logistics, and services enterprise. As part of their focus on partnering with clients in order to provide innovative, technology-based solutions, Mansfield has put on this expo every year for six years now.

At this year’s sixth annual retreat for their partners, Mansfield offered plenty to capture participants’ interests, especially in regards to petroleum, ethanol, biodiesel, and DEF trends. The 2015 show had industry experts speaking about trends in the DEF and petroleum industry, it hosted showcased vendors of related products and services, and it focused on transportation & fuel additives. The show was packed with entertainment and information all.

Of all the matters addressed at is year’s show, DEF was a major focus. With Powerblanket DEF heating solutions present, participants and attendees were able to see firsthand the protective qualities of the Powerblanket solution. With DEF storage trending towards mini-bulk quantities as large as 600-4500 gallons for the trucking industry alone, the need to protect this valuable asset became all the more apparent at the Powerblanket booth.

“It was a privilege rubbing shoulders with so many experts in the DEF and Petro-Chemical industries,” said Justin Montoya, Powerblanket DEF Heating Solutions specialist. “We were thrilled with the interest in our products, including both DEF and our extensive product line for other applications.”



Further Contributions from Powerblanket

With the transportation and agricultural industries primed to start needing more DEF solutions, and with additional fuel additives complicating the process of viscosity maintenance, Powerblanket is ready to offer more than just DEF heaters.

Equally beneficial to the presence of Powerblanket DEF heaters at the Mansfield expo was the inclusion and discussion around the many Powerblanket heating solutions offered, DEF storage heaters being only one among many. Powerblanket provides a myriad of ready-to-ship heating solutions, but we also offer a completely customized approach to our heating technology. So regardless of what it is you need to warm or heat, Powerblanket has you covered.



Showcasing Our DEF Storage Heater at the Mansfield D1 Expo

The Mansfield D1 Expo offers a great opportunity for companies in the transportation and fuel industries to network and synergize their offerings and contributions. Powerblanket is present at this year’s expo to showcase the wonders of our DEF storage heater and other related technologies.


Mansfield Oil

This year marks the sixth annual running of the Mansfield D1 Expo. Mansfield Oil is a leader in petroleum marketing and fuel supply and puts this expo on to accommodate networking and support among those companies that drive success in the transportation and fuel industries. This year’s expo is a highly anticipated event with plenty to offer attendees and exhibitors. Industry and technological education, hands on exhibitions, and networking are all geared to help make the expo an unforgettable event.

Additionally, this year’s keynote speakers are said to be as anticipated as the event itself. Industry leaders will offer their insight on topics surrounding professional development and experience in the fuel industry.

The 2015 edition will support thirty-one exhibitors from around the country, all  of whom have come to present, share, and network their contributions to their respective sector. Powerblanket will be present to exhibit the company’s  DEF heating products as well as our wide variety of standard and custom heating solutions, each serving to help companies save time and money during cold-weather conditions. Of course, equally important to this is the increased efficiency that comes from using Powerblanket heating solutions.

Justin Montoya, Director of Business Development at Powerblanket, said that “having a presence at this event is great for us. The Mansfield D1 Expo is the perfect place to showcase and discuss the value of our innovative DEF storage heaters.”

Our patented approach to heat regulation and freeze protection enables companies to store DEF, and many other materials, at the ideal temperature, regardless of cold, frigid weather. We’ll be displaying and demoing our DEF storage heaters at our designated booth at the Westin Denver Downtown Hotel, located at 1672 Lawrence St. from August 24th through the 26th. Along with the DEF heating technology we’ll have on display, we’ll also be showcasing complementary smart controls. All this, plus our new Class I Division 1 certification and a raffle for prizes, makes the Powerblanket booth the place to be at this year’s Mansfield D1 Expo.



Winter Preparation: Now’s the Time

As the temperatures around the nation rise into the hundreds, cold-weather preparation may be the furthest thing from your mind. What’s more, there are plenty of warm-weather applications that Powerblanket technology is used for. But we would be completely remiss if we didn’t say enough of proper winter preparation. After all, when it comes to preparing for winter, you don’t want to be a grasshopper…

Aesop’s Fable: The Ant and the Grasshopper

Perhaps you’re already familiar with the old fable of The Ant and the Grasshopper from Aesop. If you’re not (and even if you are) we’ve recited it here. Below follows the most popular English renditions of the story:

“In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

‘Why not come and chat with me,’ said the Grasshopper, ‘instead of toiling and moiling in that way?’

‘I am helping to lay up food for the winter,’ said the Ant, ‘and recommend you to do the same.’

‘Why bother about winter?’ said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present.’ But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.

When the winter came, the Grasshopper found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing, every day, corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew it is best to prepare for the days of necessity.”

Of course, the implications of this story can go far deeper than the need for good winter preparation. But for the sake of comparison, the story’s plot is rather poignant for the industries we serve. When cold weather does hit, it’s best to already have the systems and products you need in place to brave the effects of winter. So if you have assets to cover come late October, now’s the best time to start getting together the protection you’ll need.

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Product Spotlight: Tote Heaters

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Imagine hundreds of your IBC / tote tanks sitting outside, your costly products exposed to the sporadic and unpredictable elements of weather. At the very best, you have your IBCs in a storage facility somewhere, but maintaining a consistent temperature in a large storage facility can be very expensive and inexact. Fortunately, Powerblanket® offers a cheaper, more efficient solution.


Powerblanket Tote Heaters

Powerblanket Tote Heaters

The importance of keeping IBC / tote tanks within strict temperature conditions is vital for many chemicals, food ingredients, solvents, pharmaceuticals, etc. And as described above, keeping those IBCs at a consistent temperature can be difficult and expensive. However, with Powerblanket industry-leading IBC heaters, you can safely and easily maintain proper and even heating of your IBC storage containers. There will never be any cold or hot spots with Powerblanket heaters.

Powerblanket® tote/IBC heaters are durable, easy-to-use, and highly-effective.

Powerblanket heaters are constructed with a rugged vinyl shell that wraps around the corresponding IBC effortlessly, precisely, and securely, so that each and every one is fully enshrouded and protected. The vinyl shell itself makes the unit easy to maintain and clean. Powerblanket tote heaters can be used in temperatures up to and including -20º F, and they’re water-resistant, so that outdoor storage is no longer an issue.

Powerblanket tote heaters will fit any size IBC, and they come in two standard sizes: 275 gallons and 330 gallons. However, if you need a more specific size, Powerblanket can also custom-design tote heaters to fit your needs. Every tote heater comes with a pre-adjusted thermostat for convenience or an adjustable thermostat for more control. Either way, you’re getting a quality, dependable thermostat that secures your unit against overheating, giving you the assurance that your products are being stored properly, and that saves you time, money, and hassle. And let’s not forget to mention that all Powerblanket heaters are certified to UL/CSA/CE standards.

So, whatever your tote storage needs are, Powerblanket has the optimum solution for you.


Standout Features

  • Install easily
  • Safely heat a wide variety of materials
  • Distribute heat evenly
  • Are certified to UL/CSA/CE standards
  • Include a thermostatic controller to prevent accidental overheating



Product Spotlight: IBC Tote Heater

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Tired of your IBC totes freezing? When it comes to storing chemicals and industrial materials during cold weather, you have to make sure your products stay in tip top shape. Many chemicals are particularly temperature sensitive and have stringent guidelines for storage. At the very best, you have your IBCs in a storage facility somewhere, or you use drum ovens. Both of these options can be super pricy and lack precision in temperature control. That’s why Powerblanket® makes a top-of-the-line tote heater.

Powerblanket IBC Tote Heaters in Gray and Black

The Proper Tote Heater

If you’re already familiar with storing chemicals and other temperature-sensitive materials but have never heard of a tote heater (also known as IBC heater), then perhaps you’re storing your products in expensive, space-limited tote or drum ovens. A far more economical option comes by making use of IBC heaters.

IBC Heater Vs. Tote Oven

In contrast to an oven, IBC heaters provide an equal amount of heat control, at a fraction of the cost. The proper tote-heating solution comes in the form of a simple vinyl blanket that allows for equal, consistent, and regulated heat distribution. However, not all IBC heaters are created equal. The absence of certain features can make or break the blanket’s efficiency.

Important IBC Heater Features

Insulated Lid

Important characteristics to look for in an IBC heater is an electrical plug for common outlets and an insulated lid. A heater without an insulated lid leads to heat escaping. This would happen through the gap between the support cage and the tank, as well as through the top of your heater. Powerblanket insulated lids ensure this space stays tightly sealed, and that the heat stays circulating inside.

Water-Resistant Vinyl Shell

Powerblanket heaters have a tough vinyl shell that wraps around the IBC easily and securely, so it has full protection. The vinyl shell itself makes the unit easy to maintain and clean. Powerblanket tote heaters can be used in temperatures as low as -20º F, and they’re water-resistant, so outdoor storage is no longer an issue.

Man in Red Shirt Holding Pump Next To Powerblanket IBC Tote HeaterSize Versatility and Temperature Control Thermostat

Powerblanket tote heaters will fit any size IBC, and they come in two standard sizes: 275 gallons and 330 gallons. However, if you need a more specific size, Powerblanket can also custom-design tote heaters to fit your needs. Every tote heater comes with a pre-adjusted thermostat for convenience or an adjustable thermostat for more control. Either way, you’re getting a quality, dependable thermostat that secures your unit against overheating. This gives you the assurance that your products are stored properly, and saves you time, money, and hassle.

Most importantly, let’s not forget to mention that all Powerblanket heaters meet UL/CSA/CE certification standards.
Powerblanket Insulated Lids

Powerblanket IBC Heaters

Some manufacturers will sell the lid to their IBCs as an add-on feature, requiring an additional purchase, but Powerblanket IBC Heaters come as a complete package—lid included. When you purchase an IBC from Powerblanket, you don’t need to worry about any add-ons, accessories, or additional components. Our IBC heaters are ready to use to their full potential right away. What’s more, only Powerblanket IBC heaters are equipped with our patented technology—offering an even and consistent distribution of heat that is far more efficient than traditional heat trace technology.

Powerblanket IBC / Tote Heaters Standout Features:

  • Easy installation
  • Safely heats a wide variety of materials
  • Distributes heat evenly
  • Certified to UL/CSA/CE standards
  • Includes a thermostatic controller to prevent accidental overheating

Let us know in the comments what other issues you have when heating material in IBC totes! In conclusion, we want you, our customer, to be happy. We strive to do that through excellent products like the Powerblanket Tote Heater.


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IBC / Tote Heaters

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Are your plastic water tanks freezing? If you store temperature-sensitive material in IBCs (aka totes) during the cold winter months, then you know that keeping your storage at the proper temperature is impossible without a heating element.


Tote Heaters

Best Case Scenario

When you go in search of heating solutions for your totes, you’ll likely come across answers such as electric or steam-heated drum and tote ovens. While this solution solves the question of temperature very well, there is a catch—in fact there’s two. First off, an oven is a little on the pricy side, and secondly, you can only store so many totes or drums in it.

Then again, when it comes to protecting your precious material, perhaps prices isn’t much of a factor. Whatever you’re storing is valuable to your business, and therefore, warrants the cost needed to protect it against the cold. But really, who wouldn’t spend less if they could for a product that does the same job as an oven. Leave the oven for baking. There’s a better option.


IBC : Tote Heaters

Blanket Heaters

Instead of storing your drums or totes in massive ovens that cost a considerable amount of money and take up a good deal of space, you can simply wrap each tote or drum in a heating blanket. Heating blankets allow for the same temperature control that an oven provides but at a fraction of the cost. With simple electrical plugins and easy installation, it takes very little time to make use of this economical and efficient solution.

Heating blankets (in this case—tote heaters) come in many different sizes for many different applications, but the best kind are those that are customized to the shape of your specific container. At Powerblanket, we customized such solutions for a myriad of applications and purposes. If you can build it, produce it, or store it, Powerblanket can cover it—literally.

Find out more about tote and DEF heaters by downloading the spec sheet!



Industrial Heaters: Out With The Old – In With The New

Band heaters vs. full coverage drum heatersWhen it comes to freeze protection and heating technology, not all solutions are created equal when it comes to industrial heaters. In fact, some heating solutions are extremely outdated with technology dating back several decades. Today’s consumers are demanding products to be higher quality and they want them delivered faster than ever before.

With this increase in standards, businesses can’t afford to be stuck with old heating technology. Businesses that use older heating technology deal with uneven heating, dangerous heating elements, and the inability to customize for specific tasks.

Uneven Heating

One of the biggest complaints about older heating technology is uneven heating. Older technology uses a centralized heating unit that emits a lot of heat in one or two locations. The hope is that the heat will spread and keep the entire unit from freezing. This process doesn’t work if you have sensitive materials or a large area to heat. The centralized heat source gets really hot in one location, often burning product and materials. So if your business has sensitive materials and products, older heating solutions are not an option.

Electrical heating blankets with GreenHeat Technology™ are a newer heating solution that evenly distributes heat across the entire surface area. Blanket heaters eliminate hot and cold spots and safely regulate the temperature to keep materials and products from burning. Whether you’re looking for a drum heater, bucket heater, tote heater, pipe heater, tank heater, or valve heater; it’s important that the heat is spread out evenly.

Not Customizable

Businesses are scrambling, trying to keep up with a demanding marketplace. This means businesses need to find quick and adaptable solutions to their problems. Old heating technology like band heaters and space heaters are not able to meet the needs of modern industrial businesses. The dated technology of band heaters and space heaters limits their use to a few applications. If your business has odd shaped tanks or large surface areas to heat, older style heaters are not the answer.

The flexibility of electric blanket heaters allows them to be customized for almost any heating application. Custom heating solutions are needed more and more because standard heating products are unable to meet the needs of today’s industrial businesses. If you need to closely regulate the temperature of your products and materials or need to heat a large or uneven tank, electric heating blankets can be customized to solve your heating problem..


Older style heaters can be dangerous. Band heaters have an extremely hot surface area that will burn you if touched. The problem with this technology is once it’s turned on, it’s almost impossible to remove it without getting burned.

Heating blankets are a new heating technology that can be easily added or removed at anytime of the heating process. Electrical heating blankets use reliable, internal thermostats so once they’re turned on, you don’t have to worry about them over heating. Just plug them in and forget about them. When it comes to a safe heating technology, electrical heating blankets are a great heating solution.

Bulk Material Storage and Heating Alternatives

Powerblanket Bulk Material Storage and Heating AlternativesColder weather causes all sorts of problems while working in outside, ambient conditions.  It can be particularly troublesome when working with temperature sensitive materials.  Operations are transitioning from smaller storage containers, to pallet containers and large, bulk storage tanks.  Finding the right heating solution for bulk material presents a challenge.

One option is to store product and containers in a warehouse or shed and heat the entire building.  While this is an option, it is not effective or energy efficient.  Heating a separate building to store product can cost hundreds of dollars per day in energy alone.  It’s also really difficult to bring product and material up to temperature in a timely manner by simply blowing in warm air.


Here are five factors to consider when looking for a bulk material heating solution:


  1. Portability –  Look for a solution that will allow you to transport the material to different locations heated and protected.  A portable solution  will also allow you to heat your material while at a job site.
  1. Energy Efficient –  Find a solution that will maximize efficiency and retain most of the heat being generated.  Heating solutions such as blanket-type heaters are extremely effective and energy efficient because they have direct contact to the thermal load.
  1. Effective  –  Bringing material up to temperature in a timely manner is critical to most operations.  Time is money.  Having a direct heat source with great heat retentive properties will achieve this.  A blanket-type heater, which is also insulated, will achieve this.
  1. Temperature Control –  Sometimes having temperature control capability is critical to a successful operation.  Overheating or under heating can ruin product, render it unusable and cause downtime.  Find a heating solution that allows you to control the temperature based on your job-site requirement and product blend.
  1. Custom Design Capability –  Partner with a heating company that has in-house engineering and is willing to custom design a heating solution for your unique needs.  Take the time to do some research and collaborate with heating experts to determine what heating solution will best achieve your desired end result.

Tank Heating: Choosing the Right Solution

Powerblanket Tank HeatersTank heating and the general protection of tank contents is a serious business. Frac tanks, fluid heating systems, totes, vac trucks, and specialty tanks all have heating and freeze protection issues in cold climate conditions. These applications represent ongoing challenges for those whose livelihoods are dependent on the sustainable utilization of these fluids. Production and servicing operations thrive on economic efficiencies. Having a reliable and sustainable tank heating solution is just common sense. In some instances, you may use multiple heating solutions.


The economic impact of production delays and shut downs associated with cold weather can be devastating. This is a concern in a wide range of industries and applications such as:

  • Portable Fluids Heating Systems
  • Groundwater Remediation
  • Manifold & Pipe Freeze Protection


The prevention of costly delays and preservation of economic efficiencies is critical. Having access to a viable heating solution is often the answer. As mentioned earlier, having alternative heating solutions at one’s disposal is essential. Good planning during the preliminary stages of any project is always a best practice.


There are various means of providing heat and freeze protection. Among these are:

  • Electrical Heat Trace
  • Hydronic Systems – Glycol
  • Portable Fluid Heating Systems
  • Immersion Heaters
  • Hot Oilers
  • Steam
  • Electrically-Powered Heated Blankets and Wraps


When determining the right heating solution, there are a number of factors to consider.  The following are just a few of the issues that can influence the choice of a tank heating solution.

  • Environmental Conditions
  • Fluid Chemical Characteristics & Specifications
  • Logistics & Site Accessibility
  • Job Site Safety Regulations
  • Hazardous Location Certification Requirements
  • Specific Application Needs
  • Client Expectations
  • Production Schedules
  • Previously Used Methods


Heating solutions and technology have come a long way and will continue to make progress. It’s important to look at and evaluate the options available.  Keep in mind that specific applications may require customized solutions. Not all heating solutions have that versatility.  Do the research to determine the method that best meets your needs and expectations.  Don’t judge the solution only based on its features and cost. Consider the value of the benefits the solution provides.

What You Need To Know About Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)

What You Need To Know About Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) is used to meet the strict US EPA emissions regulations for diesel engines. DEF is a fluid that is injected into a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system. The SCR technology uses an urea based DEF and a catalytic converter to significantly reduce the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx). The higher oxygen levels provided by DEF results in a more efficient combustion. This equates to clean nitrogen and water emissions and maximized fuel efficiency.

It’s important to note that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) will limit NOx levels and will require North American trucks to be equipped with SCR after 2010.

DEF is stored in a tank onboard the vehicle, and injected into the exhaust stream by a metering system at a rate of 2% of diesel consumption volume. Newer trucks have storage systems available that will hold up to 20 gallons.

Selective Catalytic Reduction and Diesel Exhaust Fluid systems are really not that intimidating once you do some research and learn what you need to know about them.


According to RelaDyne, here are some key points about DEF:

  • If DEF is kept to temperatures between 15ºF and 65ºF (-9ºC and 18ºC), it will last a minimum of 1 year
  • Big bulk dispensers (1,000 gallons) have internal climate control systems
  • In colder regions, it is recommended to store DEF in a storage unit
  • In warmer regions it is recommended to store DEF in a shaded area.
  • There are new climate control systems, designed specifically for DEF



Do Railroad Operations Benefit from Heating Solutions?

Train yard in the snowRailroad operations, like other industries, need to be prepared with heating solutions from the effects of seasonal climate change. The diversified winter patterns that include snow, ice, wind, storms, and temperature fluctuation can all influence effective operations.

For this reason, preparations need to be made that take the following issues into consideration:

  • Snow and Ice Melting or Thawing
  • Signal and Instrument Freeze Protection
  • Sustainable Equipment Operation
  • Propane Tank Maintenance
  • Temperature-Sensitive Product Storage

While other applications need to be addressed, these are a few of the more obvious.

It goes without saying that railway safety and the achievement of economic efficiencies are priorities for the entire industry.  There are several areas of concern but few are more important in realizing these objectives than:

  1. Maintenance of Way
  2. Signals and Communications
  3. Scanners
  4. Hot Box Detectors (HBD)
  5. Dragging Equipment Detectors (DED)
  6. Wayside Detectors Systems

Each of these areas has their own specialized equipment needs, but both take heating solutions into account when addressing the challenges of winter weather.  For example, products such as greases, lubricants, and chemicals used in day-to-day maintenance can pose an application problem. These products are usually stored in drums, pails, totes, or large tank.  The viscosity due to cold climate may restrict their use, thus delaying the maintenance process.  Heating these products prior to application prevents downtime.  Prevention of downtime in turn saves money and keeps operations on schedule.

At first glance some of these matters may seem less than critical in nature.  When you consider the impact of railroad transport on the overall economy, the equation changes.  According to the American Association of Railroads, six commodities account for over 75% of the shipping Tons Originated and 69% of the Gross Revenue for railroad transport. These commodity categories are:

  • Coal
  • Chemicals & Applied Products
  • Farm Products
  • Non-Metallic Minerals
  • Miscellaneous Mixed Shipments
  • Food & Kindred Products

Perhaps you ask what purpose or significance these statistics serve. The costs associated with impeding on-time delivery of goods and services can have an effect both economically and environmentally. What this points out is the significance of advanced planning in anticipation of seasonal and climatic changes. This includes cold-weather heating solutions, which can impact some geographic areas for six months to an entire year. Benefits of an effective heating solution are:

  • Prevent snow and ice buildup from impeding  service levels
  • Provide freeze protection for continuous operation
  • Keep signals, communication equipment and instrumentation operational
  • Ensure accurate transmittal of incident data
  • Reduce transportation slowdowns, delays, and stoppages
  • Maintain schedules and on-time delivery of goods

Do railway operations benefit from effective heating solutions? We at Powerblanket believe our heating products are an integral part of keeping America’s rail network running. Contact us at 888.316.6324 or [email protected] to get in touch with our railroad heating products specialists. 

How Good is Heat Spreading?

I get asked about every week, what the benefits are that we offer to our customers. The answer is actually quite simple. Depending on the industry, company, or corporation we are working with we offer a variety of benefits. Through the use of our unique heat spreading technology, we offer companies amazing benefits.

In fact, Kim Herman, Operations Manager from Precision Utilities Group said the following:

Your blankets are absolutely excellent. Our crews have been working on some cell tower projects in Michigan this January where it has been extremely cold. The project restricts us from being able to use power tools on the job sites so we were left to figure out how to dig without equipment. We are so glad that we found you guys! Thanks to Powerblanket Extra Hot blankets, we were able to lay them out the day before we needed to dig, and by morning the next day, the ground was thawed out and softened, making it easy to dig and get our job completed much more quickly. In fact, we estimated that your blankets have saved us approximately 10 hours on each site. On ten sites to date, we estimate we have saved approximately $5,000 already! We have already paid off the initial investment of these blankets. When we are looking at thousands of sites, and with the savings we are saving per site, this is huge! We are excited at how much time and money your blankets have saved us and will save us in future.

-Kim Herman

OSP/COEI Operations Manager

Precision Utilities Group

I have worked with Kim for some time now and she tells me often, that when she is on job sites, contractors and other companies ask her about her blankets she’s using and if they work. She lets basically tells them what you just got done reading and they ask her where to buy some for their job functions.  We offer Kim almost all the benefits she needs.

We work with other industries that require even heat distribution and rely on uniform heat which we offer to them without the fear of overheating or burning of material.

Another example is from Eric from a Colorado Energy Company:

Your blankets have been wonderful to work with. Our Totes are outside and have been kept warm and protected from the harsh conditions here in the cold Rocky Mountains. We have loved the functionality of these blankets because they are extremely easy to wrap around our totes, strap shut, plug in, and maintain desired temperature with the thermostatic controllers.

We have not had any issues with your blankets flaking, tearing, or ripping in any way, and have found it beneficial that they are water resistant as well. As the blankets have been prone to getting dirty, due to being outside, we have easily sprayed and wipe them down to help keep them clean and looking new.

We wanted to thank you for assisting us with our heating frustrations and keeping our totes and the material within, warm and protected. You have helped keep our company running efficiently and retaining profit. We love your blankets and would recommend them to anyone.


A Colorado Energy Company

No matter what your company, corporation or industry is, we will find one or more benefits you and your company can profit from. Please give us a call. We are more than happy to talk with you and assist you and your heating needs.

Tote Heaters & DEF Tote Heaters

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Tote HeatersAre your plastic water tanks freezing? Do you store your DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) in IBC Totes? During the cold season, these temperature-sensitive liquids can encounter frequent problems. Whether you work with sensitive chemical compounds, DEF to keep your equipment running, or just plain water, dropping temperatures can lead to dropping sales. So what are your options? We’ll discuss some pros and cons of different solutions and why Powerblanket Tote Heaters will do the best job.

Decisions, Decisions: Your Options for Tote Heating

Heat Trace

There are several ways to heat water and DEF totes. Heat trace systems, which generally involve some form of heat tape, are costly to repair, replace, and encounter several drawbacks. They’re inexpensive to purchase initially, since you can pick up the tape at basically any hardware store. For something large like a tote, you would need “a metric crap-ton” (as my coworker called it), to fully wrap it with heat trace. It doesn’t distribute heat evenly throughout the product either, since the heat is centralized on the tape and doesn’t really radiate. It’s better used for things like piping. Heated tape also has issues with wet weather conditions (like, er, snow?), leading to the expense of workers coming to scrape it off and reinstall new tape. 

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Traditional Electric Blankets

Electric heat blankets are typically a better option, but can be expensive to run, and traditional models still leave hot and cold spots. By looking at thermal imaging of the majority of heated blankets, you can see your products run the risk of scalding or partially freezing. 

Tote Ovens

You’ll also likely come across electric or steam-heated drum and tote ovens. While this solution solves the question of temperature very well, there are still two issues. First, an oven is priiiiicy, and second, you are limited on space.

Then again, when it comes to protecting your precious material, perhaps price isn’t much of a factor. But who wouldn’t spend less for a product that does an even better job? Leave the oven for baking. There’s a better option.

Best Case Scenario: Powerblanket® Tote Heaters

Thermal Image of Powerblanket's Even Heat DistributionWe saw the flaws of all the other heating methods and wanted to find a better solution. This is why we created Powerblanket Tote Heaters. Powerblanket technology puts years of innovation into each blanket by spreading heat evenly, covering the entire surface area. They are cost-efficient to operate by increasing efficiency and reducing required labor. When it comes to tote heaters and DEF tote heaters, you’ll be able to keep chemicals to spec, equipment running, and your project on track for deadlines without spending a fortune. 

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How Powerblanket Technology Works

How Powerblanket Technology WorksPowerblanket® uses heated blankets to keep keep industrial materials within spec, help concrete cure in less time, thaw frozen ground quickly, and much more. Most heating solutions are riddled with hot and cold spots that waste energy and can put your project at risk. What makes us different is that we use our patented GreenHeat® technology to spread heat evenly throughout the surface of the heating products. This eliminates hot and cold spots, conserving energy and ensuring your temperature specific product is kept to spec. To help show why our heating products work so much better than our competitors, we broke everything down to a simple graphic.


Drum Heaters

man wrapping plastic drum with drum heating blanket

Wrap it in a Powerblanket® brand 120V  Drum Heater and you’ll never use another band heater or blower again. Stop messing with hazardous heating belts and large bulky warming ovens. Utilizing a technology called GreenHeat, Powerblanket heated products take the hassle out of heating your temperature sensitive materials.  Available in both fixed temperature and adjustable versions to ensure you never over or under heat your materials again.

Powerblanket bucket and drum heaters are also more efficient and use considerably less energy that conventional band heaters. Test results show Powerblanket electric blankets to be significantly more effective than band heaters at warming and insulating drums, buckets, pails, gas cylinders, and IBC totes. Powerblanket products are the fastest, easiest, and most affordable method for heating and maintaining the temperature of your industrial materials. New Rapid-Ramp heating technology cuts heat time in half.

Drum Heaters Powerblanket

  • Heat, insulate and protect materials year round
  • Works on both metal & poly drums and pails
  • Best solution for viscosity & flow control
  • Heat propane and other compressed gases
  • Maximum freeze protection to -40F/-40C
  • Insulated full wrap design – keeps heat in & cold out
  • Safe on a wide variety of materials
  • Certified to UL/CSA safety standards
  • New Rapid-Ramp 2x heat technology available on select models
  • Adjustable thermostat options for pinpoint temperature control
  • Custom order opportunities


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