How Do I Keep My DEF Tote From Freezing?


DEF tote heater“My [totes] are froze!” (101 Dalmatians)

Freezing is one of DEF’s (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) bigger problems. DEF is made up of a 32.5% urea solution and 67.5% de-ionized water and it may freeze at temperatures at or below 12°F. However, keeping the frost at bay is as easy as 1, 2, industrial electric blanket.

Storing and dispensing DEF in cold areas presents many challenges. DEF storage containers range from two-and-a-half gallon jugs to bulk systems that hold anywhere from 300 to 4000 U.S. gallons. Because these will freeze in cold weather, they need protection.  Additionally, if you’re using dispensers like a DEF pump or an electric tote pump, your product can freeze in the pump and hose. This prevents dispensing –even if the fluid in the container hasn’t frozen yet.

Cha-Ching! Pricy Alternate Solutions

Building an outbuilding to store DEF product can cost tens of thousands of dollars and use unnecessary resources. Many facilities also have to pay a premium on space, making indoor storage not feasible for many.

Powerblanket DEF Tote Heaters

Heating the containers with a DEF Tote Heater saves time and energy by only heating the unit and not an entire building. You will want to find a DEF Tote Heater that:

  1. Protects the pump and hose.
  2. Fully wraps around the entire tote and dispensing unit.
  3. Keeps the DEF at its optimal temperature while factoring in heat loss from wind and cold temperatures.
  4. Evenly heats so the DEF is not overheated in patches or left unprotected.
  5. Utilizes a thermostatic controller to monitor and maintain the proper temperature.

Stacks of IBC Tote ContainersAlso look for similar solutions if you keep your DEF stored in:

  • 330 gallon IBC Totes
  • 275 gallon IBC Totes
  • 55 gallon drums
  • 30 gallon drums
  • 15 gallon drums
  • 5 gallon drums

Whether you’re storing DEF, powdered milk, or toxic chemicals in your IBC tote, rest assured that Powerblanket has you covered…quite literally.

For more information about Heavy-Duty Highway Diesel Program visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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