To maintain a certain quality, molecular structure, and viscosity control, you need constant temperature or heating. For these specific purposes, a drum heater is the best option.
Temperature can affect the physical and chemical structure of most materials. It changes their viscosity, crystallization, and even molecular structure. In some cases, drum heaters are also used to alter the physical properties of the materials.
Electric drum heaters come in different types, depending on the purpose you want to use them for. They may be made of different materials, have different temperature controls, and have different temperature ranges.
Let’s look at the best drum heaters, which offer a wide range of possibilities.
1. BriskHeat DHCS15 Flexible Metal Drum Heater
If you’re looking for a heavy-duty metal drum heater with a substantial temperature range, this should be your go-to option. This BriskHeat DHCS15 Flexible Metal Drum Heater has a temperature range of 50F to 425F.
With the help of the attached thermostat, it can maintain a consistent temperature. The powerful 1200W full-size Drum Heater is enough to maintain this kind of elevated temperature throughout the inside of a 55-gallon metal drum.
The metal band heater can be fitted outside any metal or plastic drum wall to heat the material inside. However, due to the higher power output, it’s recommended that you use it with only metal drums.
- A single metal band with spring closure
- 50F to 425F heating range
- Attached thermostat
- 1200 watt heating capacity
- Diameter: 22.3 inches to 23.3 inch
- Made of Vulcanized Silicone Rubber and fiberglass cloth
- 3-inch expansion spring closure
- Multi-stranded grounded heating elements
This type of drum band heater or Pail heater is capable of much higher temperatures than bucket heaters and other induction heaters.
Moreover, two of the same drum heater types can be combined for more heating. This one is a 55-gallon drum heater. For heating a big drum of frozen water, two or more band drum heaters can be combined. The high heating capacity also ensures better freeze protection.
Expandable Sturdy Heater Band
The 55-gallon (210-liter) Drum heater band has an expandable 3-inch spring closure in order to fit the common types of drums and Pails. The heating band is made up of durable vulcanized silicone rubber and fiberglass cloth.
Drum Heater Design
Among all the Drum & Container Heater options, this one fits the most drum types thanks to its adjustable band length. The flexible drum band is fitted outside the horizontal metal drum. Also, the adjustable thermostat stays attached to the electrical drum heaters.
- Durable Silicone rubber
- High-temperature range
- Large heating capacity
- 120V Heavy Duty 55-Gallon Steel Drum Heater Manufacturer
- Doesn’t fully cover the drum
- Not recommended for poly drums
Although there are coverage issues with band drum heaters, they can be used as industrial ones due to their higher power. However, the 55-gallon drum industrial application may need additional drum band heaters.
The adjustable length and design make it apt for heating drum contents after securing the drum fastening straps, irrespective of the drum storage capacity. The flexibility and ease of use have made this one of the most efficient drum heaters.
2. VEVOR 5 Gallon Barrel Honey Heater
Different drum heater types are apt for different purposes. The VEVOR 5 Gallon Barrel Honey heater is used for maintaining a certain temperature for both honey and honeycombs. This ensures that the honey doesn’t crystallize.
Its purpose demands less heating than industrial drum heaters. It performs superbly with its 400w heating capacity and 95F to 122 F temperature range.
These bucket or Pail band heaters come with drum insulation blankets. It uses far infrared carbon fiber heating wires to accelerate the heating. The heating belt with insulated blankets bends and folds to adequately cover the containers.
- Drum Heater blanket
- Temperature control with thermostat
- Automatic temperature maintenance between 95-122F
- 5-gallon capacity
Safe Insulation Material
The infrared carbon fiber heating wires are covered by canvas composite material on the outside and cotton liner on the inside. They’re well suited for high temperatures and capable of preventing any kind of heat loss.
Internal Fixed Thermostat
The internal fixed thermostat helps in maintaining the ideal temperature between 95-122F. Thus, the honey doesn’t get overheated. Moreover, you can notice a great enhancement in its viscosity and fluidity. The ideal temperature also lessens crystallization and nutrient loss.
Full Wrap Warming
The thermal blanket is 37.8 inches long and 12.2 inches wide. It sits perfectly covering a 5-gallon bucket or Pail. Moreover, it can be bent and folded to better cover the bucket to prevent any kind of heat loss.
Works Across Materials
Unlike the high-capacity drum heating bands, the VEVOR 5 Gallon Barrel Honey Heater can be used for metal as well as poly drums and buckets. The automatic temperature control ensures that the bucket doesn’t get overheated.
- Insulated drum heating blanket
- Thermostat supported temperature controller
- Quick and easy installation
- No chance of overheating
- Small capacity
- Less heating
As the entire surface of the bucket or pail is covered by an insulated thermal blanket, the thermal efficiency is very high. The automatic temperature control function of this drum heater keeps the honey in ideal temperature conditions eliminating any chance of overheating. Moreover, the blanket is easy to cover the bucket and the two ends fit perfectly with the help of Velcro.
Although the small capacity and less heating mean that the VEVOR 5 Gallon Barrel Honey Heater cannot be used for a lot of things, it serves its own purposes very well. It comes in very handy if honey is in the picture. This honey heater helps in improving viscosity and flow, minimizing crystallization and loss of nutrients.