Drums, Totes and Barrels: Protecting Your Bulk Storage

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Is cold weather ruining your product? Is your warehouse cold and drafty? Are your materials becoming too thick to flow? Do you live in Boise, Idaho? Scratch that last one. Whether you’re storing food, paint, chemicals, or spray foam, keeping your assets in bulk containers can have major limitations. Depending on the specific characteristics of your materials, some storage options have to be chosen very carefully. Let us help you get started.

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Bulk Storage in Drums, Totes, and Barrels

IBC totes, barrels, and drums have something in common: they’re containers for storing bulk materials. Wahoo! Let’s look into some specific product cases that might require some extra thought when storing.

Food Storage

In the case of food stored in drums, freeze protection might not be a real concern for some. After all, some foods must be refrigerated until they are ready to be consumed (cue Ben & Jerry’s). However, other foods thicken or spoil if they get too cold. Heating for large quantities of food may be a matter of consideration for you.

Paint and Chemicals

On the other hand, if you’re storing paint or sensitive chemicals in barrels, then freeze protection might be one of your main concerns. In the case of spray foam stored in IBC totes, maintaining an ideal temperature is vital. These solutions, which go beyond heat, will help you maximize your storage and application efficiency.
Whether it’s for freeze protection or preparatory heating, drum, barrel, and tote heaters will keep your storage at an ideal temperature for application. Some heating products for bulk storage only offer insulation for drums, barrels, or totes. Others offer both insulation and heat transfer. In the case of temperature sensitive materials, the latter is preferable. So what is the best option?

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The Powerblanket Solution

Powerblanket focuses on offering a simple, easy-to-use solution that will protect your material from the ravages of cold weather. The effective drum, tote, or barrel-heater will eliminate product waste and lost profits. The longevity of your material will increase drastically. 

All Powerblanket heaters are manufactured with patented technology in order to provide an even distribution of heat throughout the entire surface area. This is more than a nice convenience; it’s a necessity if you’re going to avoid hot and cold spots and the potential scorching of your product. In addition to this, Powerblanket® technology also enables the proper heating necessary for foods or temperature sensitive chemicals.





Powerblanket's industrial drum & barrel heaters provide even and consistent heating, eliminating waste and lowering costs.


Shelby Thompson

Shelby Thompson is the head of standard product sales for Powerblanket. He has a distinguished military career, having served in both Afghanistan and Iraq. In his time in the Marines, Shelby acquired an impressive skillset that he now uses in his current role. When he's not working, Shelby loves spending time outdoors with his wife, son, and daughter. He is also a semi-keen hunter, fair weather fisherman, and shooter. Unfortunately, Shelby also has something of an unlucky streak when it comes to Fantasy Football at the company.

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