Heat Tape for Pipes — And the Better Solution

Heat tape (or heating tape, as it’s sometimes referred to) is a way you can implement low-key freeze protection for your exposed pipes during the winter. In fact, this handy technology can even be used to safeguard instrumentation and other devices that are left out in the cold. However, as savvy as this approach sounds, did you know that there is a much better solution?

Heat Tape Uses

Heat tape, also known as heat trace or heating cable, has its uses in very small applications, but in most scenarios, it can be like putting a Band-Aid on a broken bone. Such a technology offers direct heat only where the tape contacts the apparatus on which it’s placed, like pipe heating.

Heat tape comes in a variety of forms. In some products, heat tape is literally a roll of tape with heating wiring embedded in it. Heat tape can also be in the form of a flat wire cable that conducts heat, or even a roll of heating elements. Each variation of heat tape uses the same principle of heating, but are individually suited to different heating tasks. For example, some forms of heat tape are more water resistant than others.

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Heat tape can help prevent ice buildup on roofs and in gutters.

In each case, heat tape of any variety works virtually the same way. Heat conducted by electricity warms the surface of anything the heat tape is applied to. Common uses of heat tape include roofing tiles and gutters to melt snow and ice, as well as water pipes to prevent freezing during colder times of the year.

Heat tape is better than pipe insulation due to its warming abilities, as opposed to helping keep heat in. From metal to fiberglass pipe, heat tape is a preferred choice for short-term heating needs.

Check For Warmth

When using any kind of heat tape, you will need to check to see if the tape is working effectively. Once you install the heat tape in the desired application, place your hand on the tape every ten minutes to see if the warming process has begun. If so, the tape will continue to build up in heat until reaching the preset designated temperature is reached. If not, there is something wrong with your tape.

Another way to see if your heat tape is working is to check if your pipes have frozen. It’s kind of an obvious way to check, but it will give you a sure sign nonetheless. Heat tape that is not working could be broken in a number of ways. There could be a short in the wiring, or a burnt out heating element. Other possibilities is that the power source for the heat tape has been disconnected. As mentioned above, heat tape is a temporary fix and should not be used as a end all solution.

When used on metal pipes, the heat exchange is bound to spread, merely because metal is an obvious conductor of heat. With this in mind, then, we can see another limitation in the freeze protection offered by heating tape; it can only be used on heat conductive surfaces.

Issues with Heat Tape

Aside from this, another problem with heating tape is the simple fact that it offers only heat. Such an approach provides no insulation against the cold. Insulation on its own isn’t enough; that’s for sure. But neither is heat. Instead, the proper combination for free protection and temperature regulation is the combination of both. If you need a quick, temporary heating fix, then heat tape is your friend. In all other cases, however, you’re going to need a more flexible, reliable product. And this is where heating blankets come in.

Heating Blankets Bolster Safety and Efficiency

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Heating blankets are much more effective than heat tape at keeping pipes warm.

Now that we’ve sufficiently covered all the shortcomings of heating tape, we can address the characteristics of a far better solution. That far better solution is heating blankets, or heat blankets. Heat blankets are a combination of heat-distribution capabilities married with durable insulation for a myriad of industrial and commercial applications.

In the case of Powerblanket, we offer a revolutionary and patented approach to heating blankets. Our durable vinyl shells are capable of insulating assets in temperatures as low as -50° F. What’s more, Powerblanket heating blankets offer the best and most efficient heat distribution on the market. So if you have valuable material or equipment to protect from the effects of cold weather, give us a call today at 866.945.4203 or by email at [email protected] 

For more information about Powerblanket pipe heating solutions, click here.

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Need Custom Heating for Your Equipment? Answer These Questions

Do you need custom heating for a specific and unique application? Although there are various standardized heating solutions available, to determine the right solution, either standard or custom, a few initial questions need to be understood. The first of the discovery questions is to identify the desired result of the application which is generally one or a combination of the following:Custom Heating

  1. Freeze Protection:  Generally to protect from the elements or cold climate
  2. Temperature Maintenance:  Maintain a specific, constant and optimal temperature
  3. Added heat or Increase Temperature:  Add heat  and Increase temperature higher from starting point

For example, a pipe heating application may require higher energy/wattage to thaw a frozen pipe and then settle to a moderate power/wattage for continual freeze protection and flow control long term.

An epoxy/composite curing application may require pre-heating at higher temperatures prior to the epoxy being applied and then maintained at a higher temperature for optimal curing.

Begin with These Steps

  • Gather as much information as possible using the Custom Application Questionnaire. Be thorough.
  • The dimension needs to be as built, not a CAD drawing .  ALL dimensions must be submitted to the custom team for quote.
  • Once quote is accepted and PO is sent, engineering will begin.
  • Custom products will normally be completed within two weeks.

Custom Application Questionnaire

Once we understand the problem, these types of questions reveal the best solution:

  1. Which of these best describes the system requiring Cooling: drum/bucket, tote, tank, gas cylinder, pipe, flat surface (vertical or horizontal?), other?  
  2. Can you provide drawings and/or photos?  
  3. What are the critical dimensions of the system?  
  4. What material is the container or surface made of (i.e. tank wall, drum wall)? How thick? 
  5. What is the substance being Cooled (i.e. water, oil, pipe contents, concrete, frozen ground)? 
  6. Is this a flowing system? If so, what is the flow rate (include units, gpm, cfm, etc.)? 
  7. What is the expected ambient temperature (include units, °F, °C)? 
  8. What is the maximum expected wind velocity (include units, mpg, km/h, etc.)? 
  9. Are there other environmental conditions that may be relevant? 
  10. What is the beginning temperature of the substance or contents (include units, °F, °C)? 
  11. What is the desired final temperature of the substance or contents (include units, °F, °C)? 
  12. What temperature range is acceptable? 
  13. Are there upper or lower temperatures where the substance or contents will be damaged? 
  14. Is there a time frame requirement for the initial cool down? 
  15. What power source is preferred (120, 208, 240, DC)?  
  16. How far away is the power source (cord length)? 
  17. Do you require UL/CSA certified products? 
  18. Is your location considered hazardous (Class I Division 2)?
  19. How many units do you need now and in the future? 
  20. What is the required delivery date? 

Custom Heating Case Study

Powerblanket completed a project for a large chemical company to solve freeze protection problems. The company stores a chemical solution in large 4,000 to 8,000 gallon stainless steel tanks. Their customers live in various climates throughout North America. This solution is water based and freezes at roughly 32°F.  This company needed freeze protection and to maintain regular temperatures between 40°F -70°F.

The question became, “How do we provide a ‘one size fit all’ customized solution for various climates?” Powerblanket created a modular custom design, adjustable by region and tank size, that came in two pieces.

Powerblanket engineers calculated the amount of heat and insulation required to combat freezing temperatures and wind chill to maintain optimal temperatures in these various climates. What appeared to be a complicated application turned into a simple and effective custom solution.

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 all benefit from innovative temperature regulation year round. 

Custom Heating vs. Ready to Ship ProductsNeed Custom Heating

Powerblanket manufactures 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 Powerblanket’s greatest contributions to the industries we serve is custom process heating solution for any project under the sun.

Often “custom” connotes extended lead times and a lot of money. With some manufacturers, that may be true, but Powerblanket’s customization process is fluid and effective.  We turn around a custom product in a reasonable window. Expect to be wowed.

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, Powerblanket is ready to help.

Custom Heating Solutions from PowerblanketCustom Heating Questionnaire

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

Powerblanket engineers solve every kind of temperature problem from simple to very complex. Our expertise guarantees satisfied customers in a very short turnaround time. Need custom heating for these vessels?

  • Drums / Barrels / Pails
  • Totes to include Diesel Exhaust Fluid Totes
  • Gas Cylinders to include Propane and Specialty Gases
  • Specialty Tanks to include Frac Tanks
  • Water Transfer Trucks
  • Water Storage Tanks
  • Hydraulic Fluid Tanks
  • Vac Trucks
    Need Custom Heating Solution

Industries Powerblanket Serves

With Powerblanket, equipment lasts longer, projects stay on track, and fluids flow smoothly. Use Powerblanket technology year round to achieve total temperature control. Some of the various industries we serve include:

  • Oil/Gas
  • Railroad
  • Sprayfoam
  • Coatings
  • Chemical
  • Piping
  • Valves
  • Instrumentation
  • Food Processing
  • Composites
  • Construction
  • Precast
  • Roofing
  • Industrial
  • Manufacturing
  • Specialty Gases
  • Agriculture
  • Dairy
  • Mining
  • Concrete
  • Public Works
  • Excavation
  • Water Purification
  • Government & DOD 
  • Fertilizer
  • Brewing
  • Fermentation
  • Welding
  • Diesel Exhaust Fluid

Need Custom Heating for Your Equipment? Answer These Questions

Do you need custom heating for a specific and unique application? Although there are various standardized heating solutions available, to determine the right solution, either standard or custom, a few initial questions need to be understood. The first of the discovery questions is to identify the desired result of the application which is generally one or a combination of the following:Custom Heating

  1. Freeze Protection:  Generally to protect from the elements or cold climate
  2. Temperature Maintenance:  Maintain a specific, constant and optimal temperature
  3. Added heat or Increase Temperature:  Add heat  and Increase temperature higher from starting point

For example, a pipe heating application may require higher energy/wattage to thaw a frozen pipe and then settle to a moderate power/wattage for continual freeze protection and flow control long term.

An epoxy/composite curing application may require pre-heating at higher temperatures prior to the epoxy being applied and then maintained at a higher temperature for optimal curing.

Begin with These Steps

  • Gather as much information as possible using the Custom Application Questionnaire. Be thorough.
  • The dimension needs to be as built, not a CAD drawing .  ALL dimensions must be submitted to the custom team for quote.
  • Once quote is accepted and PO is sent, engineering will begin.
  • Custom products will normally be completed within two weeks.

Custom Application Questionnaire

Once we understand the problem, these types of questions reveal the best solution:

  1. Which of these best describes the system requiring Cooling: drum/bucket, tote, tank, gas cylinder, pipe, flat surface (vertical or horizontal?), other?  
  2. Can you provide drawings and/or photos?  
  3. What are the critical dimensions of the system?  
  4. What material is the container or surface made of (i.e. tank wall, drum wall)? How thick? 
  5. What is the substance being Cooled (i.e. water, oil, pipe contents, concrete, frozen ground)? 
  6. Is this a flowing system? If so, what is the flow rate (include units, gpm, cfm, etc.)? 
  7. What is the expected ambient temperature (include units, °F, °C)? 
  8. What is the maximum expected wind velocity (include units, mpg, km/h, etc.)? 
  9. Are there other environmental conditions that may be relevant? 
  10. What is the beginning temperature of the substance or contents (include units, °F, °C)? 
  11. What is the desired final temperature of the substance or contents (include units, °F, °C)? 
  12. What temperature range is acceptable? 
  13. Are there upper or lower temperatures where the substance or contents will be damaged? 
  14. Is there a time frame requirement for the initial cool down? 
  15. What power source is preferred (120, 208, 240, DC)?  
  16. How far away is the power source (cord length)? 
  17. Do you require UL/CSA certified products? 
  18. Is your location considered hazardous (Class I Division 2)?
  19. How many units do you need now and in the future? 
  20. What is the required delivery date? 

Custom Heating Case Study

Powerblanket completed a project for a large chemical company to solve freeze protection problems. The company stores a chemical solution in large 4,000 to 8,000 gallon stainless steel tanks. Their customers live in various climates throughout North America. This solution is water based and freezes at roughly 32°F.  This company needed freeze protection and to maintain regular temperatures between 40°F -70°F.

The question became, “How do we provide a ‘one size fit all’ customized solution for various climates?” Powerblanket created a modular custom design, adjustable by region and tank size, that came in two pieces.

Powerblanket engineers calculated the amount of heat and insulation required to combat freezing temperatures and wind chill to maintain optimal temperatures in these various climates. What appeared to be a complicated application turned into a simple and effective custom solution.

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 all benefit from innovative temperature regulation year round. 

Custom Heating vs. Ready to Ship ProductsNeed Custom Heating

Powerblanket manufactures 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 Powerblanket’s greatest contributions to the industries we serve is custom process heating solution for any project under the sun.

Often “custom” connotes extended lead times and a lot of money. With some manufacturers, that may be true, but Powerblanket’s customization process is fluid and effective.  We turn around a custom product in a reasonable window. Expect to be wowed.

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, Powerblanket is ready to help.

Custom Heating Solutions from PowerblanketCustom Heating Questionnaire

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

Powerblanket engineers solve every kind of temperature problem from simple to very complex. Our expertise guarantees satisfied customers in a very short turnaround time. Need custom heating for these vessels?

  • Drums / Barrels / Pails
  • Totes to include Diesel Exhaust Fluid Totes
  • Gas Cylinders to include Propane and Specialty Gases
  • Specialty Tanks to include Frac Tanks
  • Water Transfer Trucks
  • Water Storage Tanks
  • Hydraulic Fluid Tanks
  • Vac Trucks
    Need Custom Heating Solution

Industries Powerblanket Serves

With Powerblanket, equipment lasts longer, projects stay on track, and fluids flow smoothly. Use Powerblanket technology year round to achieve total temperature control. Some of the various industries we serve include:

  • Oil/Gas
  • Railroad
  • Sprayfoam
  • Coatings
  • Chemical
  • Piping
  • Valves
  • Instrumentation
  • Food Processing
  • Composites
  • Construction
  • Precast
  • Roofing
  • Industrial
  • Manufacturing
  • Specialty Gases
  • Agriculture
  • Dairy
  • Mining
  • Concrete
  • Public Works
  • Excavation
  • Water Purification
  • Government & DOD 
  • Fertilizer
  • Brewing
  • Fermentation
  • Welding
  • Diesel Exhaust Fluid

Need Custom Heating for Your Equipment? Answer These Questions

Do you need custom heating for a specific and unique application? Although there are various standardized heating solutions available, to determine the right solution, either standard or custom, a few initial questions need to be understood. The first of the discovery questions is to identify the desired result of the application which is generally one or a combination of the following:Custom Heating

  1. Freeze Protection:  Generally to protect from the elements or cold climate
  2. Temperature Maintenance:  Maintain a specific, constant and optimal temperature
  3. Added heat or Increase Temperature:  Add heat  and Increase temperature higher from starting point

For example, a pipe heating application may require higher energy/wattage to thaw a frozen pipe and then settle to a moderate power/wattage for continual freeze protection and flow control long term.

An epoxy/composite curing application may require pre-heating at higher temperatures prior to the epoxy being applied and then maintained at a higher temperature for optimal curing.

Begin with These Steps

  • Gather as much information as possible using the Custom Application Questionnaire. Be thorough.
  • The dimension needs to be as built, not a CAD drawing .  ALL dimensions must be submitted to the custom team for quote.
  • Once quote is accepted and PO is sent, engineering will begin.
  • Custom products will normally be completed within two weeks.

Custom Application Questionnaire

Once we understand the problem, these types of questions reveal the best solution:

  1. Which of these best describes the system requiring Cooling: drum/bucket, tote, tank, gas cylinder, pipe, flat surface (vertical or horizontal?), other?  
  2. Can you provide drawings and/or photos?  
  3. What are the critical dimensions of the system?  
  4. What material is the container or surface made of (i.e. tank wall, drum wall)? How thick? 
  5. What is the substance being Cooled (i.e. water, oil, pipe contents, concrete, frozen ground)? 
  6. Is this a flowing system? If so, what is the flow rate (include units, gpm, cfm, etc.)? 
  7. What is the expected ambient temperature (include units, °F, °C)? 
  8. What is the maximum expected wind velocity (include units, mpg, km/h, etc.)? 
  9. Are there other environmental conditions that may be relevant? 
  10. What is the beginning temperature of the substance or contents (include units, °F, °C)? 
  11. What is the desired final temperature of the substance or contents (include units, °F, °C)? 
  12. What temperature range is acceptable? 
  13. Are there upper or lower temperatures where the substance or contents will be damaged? 
  14. Is there a time frame requirement for the initial cool down? 
  15. What power source is preferred (120, 208, 240, DC)?  
  16. How far away is the power source (cord length)? 
  17. Do you require UL/CSA certified products? 
  18. Is your location considered hazardous (Class I Division 2)?
  19. How many units do you need now and in the future? 
  20. What is the required delivery date? 

Custom Heating Case Study

Powerblanket completed a project for a large chemical company to solve freeze protection problems. The company stores a chemical solution in large 4,000 to 8,000 gallon stainless steel tanks. Their customers live in various climates throughout North America. This solution is water based and freezes at roughly 32°F.  This company needed freeze protection and to maintain regular temperatures between 40°F -70°F.

The question became, “How do we provide a ‘one size fit all’ customized solution for various climates?” Powerblanket created a modular custom design, adjustable by region and tank size, that came in two pieces.

Powerblanket engineers calculated the amount of heat and insulation required to combat freezing temperatures and wind chill to maintain optimal temperatures in these various climates. What appeared to be a complicated application turned into a simple and effective custom solution.

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 all benefit from innovative temperature regulation year round. 

Custom Heating vs. Ready to Ship ProductsNeed Custom Heating

Powerblanket manufactures 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 Powerblanket’s greatest contributions to the industries we serve is custom process heating solution for any project under the sun.

Often “custom” connotes extended lead times and a lot of money. With some manufacturers, that may be true, but Powerblanket’s customization process is fluid and effective.  We turn around a custom product in a reasonable window. Expect to be wowed.

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, Powerblanket is ready to help.

Custom Heating Solutions from PowerblanketCustom Heating Questionnaire

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

Powerblanket engineers solve every kind of temperature problem from simple to very complex. Our expertise guarantees satisfied customers in a very short turnaround time. Need custom heating for these vessels?

  • Drums / Barrels / Pails
  • Totes to include Diesel Exhaust Fluid Totes
  • Gas Cylinders to include Propane and Specialty Gases
  • Specialty Tanks to include Frac Tanks
  • Water Transfer Trucks
  • Water Storage Tanks
  • Hydraulic Fluid Tanks
  • Vac Trucks
    Need Custom Heating Solution

Industries Powerblanket Serves

With Powerblanket, equipment lasts longer, projects stay on track, and fluids flow smoothly. Use Powerblanket technology year round to achieve total temperature control. Some of the various industries we serve include:

  • Oil/Gas
  • Railroad
  • Sprayfoam
  • Coatings
  • Chemical
  • Piping
  • Valves
  • Instrumentation
  • Food Processing
  • Composites
  • Construction
  • Precast
  • Roofing
  • Industrial
  • Manufacturing
  • Specialty Gases
  • Agriculture
  • Dairy
  • Mining
  • Concrete
  • Public Works
  • Excavation
  • Water Purification
  • Government & DOD 
  • Fertilizer
  • Brewing
  • Fermentation
  • Welding
  • Diesel Exhaust Fluid