Choosing the Right Drum Heater for Your Needs

April 13, 2021
by Gordo Sales Team

Among specialized industrial heating systems, drum heaters are some of the most versatile and effective products on the market.

Drum heating is used to maintain the stored contents of industrial drums at a desired temperature. Industrial liquids, when exposed to lower temperatures, can undergo unwanted structural changes that can affect the integrity of the product, potentially rendering it unsuitable for its designated purpose.

Drum heaters are a highly efficient means of achieving these objectives, particularly when it isn’t possible or practical to maintain the desired temperature of an entire industrial facility. Depending on your needs, you can choose from a variety of types and sizes of heaters. These are some of the considerations that can help determine which type is best suited for your needs.

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Types of Industrial Drum Heaters

The type of heater you need will depend on the size of your containers and how many drums you need to heat. A single drum, for example, may be best kept at temperature using a belt, band or blanket heater. However, if the material to be heated has a high viscosity level, you may need to select an immersion heater.

If you have multiple drums to keep warm, you may prefer the simplicity and economy of a bulk materials heater, sometimes called a hot box. Hot boxes are airtight containers that can hold multiple drums. These bulk materials enclosures provide consistency and economy; however, they may not be as flexible as some alternatives, depending on your needs and available storage space.

Drum Heater Sizes

Whether you need to heat a smaller container – as little as 5 gallons, for example – or full size industrial drums, you can find a heater designed specifically for that capacity. Choose from 5-gallon bucket or pail heaters all the way up to 55 gallons for individual drum heating.

Drum Heater Controllers

You have the option of choosing drum heaters with a fixed thermostat as well as models that include digital controllers.

Digital controllers provide you with the option of adjusting the desired temperature as well as turning the heater on or off quickly and conveniently. Depending on the temperature range you need, you can select models that heat to as little as 32F degrees up to 450F degrees. Fixed temperature drum heating is typically set a 100F degrees.

Other factors you will need to consider include what material your drums are made of and how you plan to power your heater or heaters. Most models are available for heating plastic or metal containers. You can select models that require 120V AC as well as those that require 240V AC power.

When you need to buy the best drum heaters online, let Gordo Sales, Inc. help with all of your industrial heating needs. Don’t forget to check out our current list of featured products, most of which are available for same day shipping.

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