Product Spotlight: Drum and Barrel Heaters

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What’s the best way to heat large amounts of liquid? What’s the best way to keep large quantities of your product at the ideal temperature? Do you use steel or plastic barrels to store chemicals, food stuff, water, or any other type of sensitive material? Then you know how difficult it can be to maintain the proper temperature in drums and barrels. Drum heaters and barrel heaters are your simplest, most cost effective solution.

Powerblanket Drum Heater With External Temperature Remote

Outdated Technology for Drum Heaters: Ovens and Bands

Whether it’s chemicals, food product, oil, admixtures, or any other temperature-sensitive substance, storing your product in the typical drum can be problematic if you need to heat what’s inside. Especially if you use traditional or antiquated approaches to the problem.

Think about employing large ovens to keep your drums and barrels at the right temperature. Not only are these ovens costly to run, cumbersome, and non-mobile, but they also limit how many drums you can store simultaneously. At best, you may have a large oven that keeps three to four drums at their ideal temperature. But what happens if you need to transport those drums while still maintaining the proper temperature range? What if you have forty drums? You can see how limited this approach can be.

Another old and inadequate method of heating drums is the use of band heaters. Band heaters work on the principle of spreading heat through a metal drum as a hot band is attached to it. However, band heaters can’t regulate their own temperature and often end up spreading heat very unevenly, causing hot spots to scorch the product. In addition to this, what happens if you need to heat a high-grade, plastic drum? You can’t use a band heater unless you want to disfigure it or burn a hole right through. Thankfully, there is a much better option.

Barrel and Drum Heaters: Their Real Value

When dealing with temperature-sensitive materials it is vitally important to maintain a constant and reliable temperature. Powerblanket® state-of-the-art barrel and drum heaters are superior to band heaters, and to any other type of heating system for that matter. For one, the Powerblanket heaters wrap the barrel or drum entirely, providing overall convection to the drum/barrel – no hot or cold spots; you won’t have to worry about uneven heat distribution. You also can rest knowing Powerblanket has high quality insulation, which will keep any plastic barrel from melting and will still provide an even heat.

Man wrapping blanket heater around metal drumFurthermore, Powerblanket heaters come equipped with an external thermostatic control. Comparing Powerblanket heaters to drum ovens offers a clear advantage too. Powerblanket heaters are mobile and easy to install and remove. They offer extreme cost savings when compared to how much you’d be spending on an oven, while also saving space. In addition, Powerblanket barrel/drum heaters can be much more cost effective than trying to maintain a steady temperature in a large storage facility or warehouse, for example.

Featured Highlights:

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

Powerblanket BH55-Pro Standout Features

  • 3 Individual Heat Zones
  • Automatically Adjust to Varying Fluid Levels
  • Adjustable Thermostatic ControllerHeats from ambient temperatures up to 145º F
  • Heats from ambient temperatures up to 145º F

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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