When the stability of your product depends heavily on the temperature outside, it becomes more important than ever to find ways to maintain consistent temperatures. This is always the case when you are working with concrete and as a business owner, one of the biggest challenges you will face will be changes in temperatures during delivery. To make sure that the quality of your mixed concrete products are never compromised during delivery, barrel heaters are a logical choice. If you have little or no experience with these industrial heat applications, it is likely that you have a few questions. Here are a few of the most common questions about industrial concrete barrel heaters.    

What do you use to power the barrel heaters that you use on the concrete tanks of your delivery vehicles?

Modern concrete tanker trucks will often have a power connector for a barrel heater. However, if you have an older model vehicle, the barrel heater you will need must have its own available power source. Some models operate off of a separate generator system, while others have a wiring harness that is manually connected to the vehicle's battery.

Are barrel heaters safe to use for long periods of time?

Barrel heaters are usually not recommended for long-term usage, but only because they can use a great deal of battery power and fuel. If you are looking for a long-term heating solution, it is best to invest in heating blankets that are made for stationary concrete holding tanks. These are typically electric powered and much more efficient.

What is the best way to remove the heater without compromising the concrete mix in the tank?

Sudden changes in liquefied concrete mixes can cause immediate drying and loss of liquid concentrations. Therefore, when you remove the barrel heater from the concrete tanks, it is important to keep in mind that this should be a gradual process. You should slowly acclimate the tank to the exterior temperature by lowering the temperature on the heater a few degrees at a time until you reach a close temperature to the atmosphere.

Barrel heaters are only a logical choice when you work in the concrete business if you want to make it possible to extend your service season for as long past summer as possible. If you would like to know more about barrel heaters and how they work, talk to a sales and service agent for more information.