55 Gallon Stationary Melting Kettle
Our 55 Gallon Flex Melting Kettle will prepare hot crack filler sealants in 30 minutes or less. This melting kettle will fit nicely in the back of a pickup truck or on a flatbed trailer and provides enough volume of crack filler, to have two or even three guys constantly filling cracks on a parking lot or driveway whether you are using Crack Melters or Pour Pots.
This 55 Gallon stationary melting kettle is equipped with a hand agitator to help keep melting rubber stirred up, a temperature gauge, regulator, hose, burner, lifting handles, hinged lid and molasses valve. LP cylinder is not included
This 55 gallon Stationary Melting kettle is capable of melting up to 1200 lbs. of sealant per day, saving you time when filling the cracks on larger parking lots.
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Included LP Hose and Regulator
Included 50,000 BTU Burner
The answer to this question has a few variables that makes it difficult to give a direct answer. The one consistent answer we can give is that you can generally "begin using" the melter within 25 - 35 minutes of firing it up from a cold start.
The two biggest variables to consider are outside temperature and wind. The colder or windier it is, the longer it will take to melt rubber. The size of the melter and amount of rubber will also be factors. Just make sure you maintain the melter temperature at 375ºF - 400ºF and always keep a new block of rubber on the already melted rubber to maintain best performance. Exceeding 400º melter temperature can burn the rubber and alter its properties.
Without going into a lot of detail about the process, it generally takes between 1 - 2.5 hours depending on melter size and volume of rubber to fully melt blocks of rubber from a cold start. This is true on pretty much any direct fire melter regardless of brand and design. The thing to note though, is that you can most certainly use the melter before the blocks of rubber have fully melted.
Short Answer: You Don't - Direct fire melters generally don't need to be emptied or cleaned between use. If you're on the job and only use half of the material, simply shut the burner off and allow the remaining rubber to cool back to a solid state. The next time you need to use the melter, ignite the burner and allow the existing rubber to re-melt. On the push melters, you'll find that the wheels will build up rubber as you roll over filled cracks and this can become quite annoying. Simply grab a plumbers torch (sold at any hardware store) and burn off any rubber that has accumulated. This same method can be used anywhere on the melter where you feel it needs minor cleanup.