:::: MENU ::::

Think you can’t use electric heaters for Bitumen? Think again…

  • May 08 / 2015
  • 12

Think you can’t use electric heaters for Bitumen? Think again…

Low Watt Density = Less Burned Product

Thermal’s bitumen heaters are designed with bitumen in mind. This may sound obvious, but we know how important it is to consider the product we’re heating when designing an element that is fit for purpose. Many of our competitors will provide ‘off the shelf’ solutions that are not suited to bitumen, resulting in damaged and burned product from over-heating.

This is where TEE’s low watt density, black heat bitumen heaters excel. The low watt density of the elements reduces the surface temperature, giving a more even heat and reducing the chance of your bitumen being burned while maintaining fluidity. And we don’t stop there, sure anyone can look at the surface watt density, but we take it one step further and look at the wire watt density within the elements as well. While the surface watt density might be within the acceptable limits, if the wire watt density inside the element is too high it can work like a fuse and burn out the heater anyway.

Each heater is designed with your application and power supply in mind while maintaining a safe and efficient low watt density to protect your product. For larger requirements we can supply heaters with more elements, offering you a stronger heater (for your large amount of bitumen) and still keeping that low surface temperature for protection.

Insulation Barrier for controls and other safety devices

You may think electric heating won’t work for your bitumen product because you’ve been burned (pardon the pun) in the past. But this is simply not true. The problem is that many companies will not take the time to design the heater to suit YOUR needs, not their own. We want to make a heater that will work for you, and not just work, but work well for you. In addition to designing the heater to suit your size, power and temperature limitations, we also build an insulation barrier into all of our bitumen heaters. This barrier prevents the residual heat from forming hot joints destroying and melting the controls or terminals at the end of the elements, which can cause failures and even damage to your equipment. The insulation barrier, again, is designed to suit your application, so the thickness of the barrier will depend on the temperatures you are trying to reach. We also build extra safety devices into our units to avoid the elements over-heating your bitumen and causing fires or even explosions within the storage tanks.

Save money on staffing and fatigue

Pre-heating bitumen can be a slow process, and even slower if you have to stay and monitor it, much like watching paint dry. Thermal’s electric heaters (unlike the gas powered alternatives) are plug and play, set and forget. No more staff needed to keep an eye on the heater while the bitumen is warming up, simply plug it in (we can pre-wire your heaters and even supply the power cord if you like) and let it do its job while you get on with something more important. Because each of our bitumen heaters are designed for your specifications, it will know how hot it needs to get, how long to heat for and when to stop. The built in controls and safeties will make sure it doesn’t go rogue and try to over-heat your bitumen.

Shove it in, turn it on, heat it up

We like things to be simple, easy and efficient, and that’s how we make our heaters. Our bitumen heaters are made to specifically suit your needs. Switching from gas to electric? We’ll make our heaters to fit in your existing thermowell. Already got a tank with a failed or poorly running heater in it? Easy, we’ll make our heater fit into the system you already have but make it work for you. Are you still using ceramic bobbin type heaters? Don’t put up with such a fragile, high maintenance solution. Our heaters simply slot into your current system or tank and won’t be bothered by corrosion in the pipes or the length of your tank like the ceramic heaters will. Need to replace it or service it? It comes out just as easily without having to cut open the tank.

Don’t play with fire

Using gas brings its own set of risks, including naked flames in possibly hazardous areas. Why take the risk for your company and your workers when there is a much safer alternative available. Just because gas is a fairly standard solution, does not mean it’s the best, or the safest. And its danger means you might have to pay someone to stand there and monitor the heaters to make sure something doesn’t happen, bringing the danger of fatigue into the mix, not to mention the large gas reserve you might need if you have large storage tanks to heat. Don’t make your life harder by bringing more and more WHS regulations into play, our electric set and forget safety controlled heaters can eliminate a lot of work and a lot of worry.


  1. suthan

    We need to heat bitumen in horizontal tank long 25 feet height 7 feet .is this system works?how much it will be cost ? Do deliver to Malaysia?

    • Peta Jardine

      Hi! Yes we can definitely help with that and yes we do deliver to Malaysia. Our team are actually exhibiting at the OGA show in Malaysia right now if you would like to drop in and see them? Otherwise we can send a quote through to your email. Thanks!

  2. Winston Tang

    Our company wants to ship asphalt in iso tank with 150+ degree C temp. Do you know of any vendor has such iso tank for rent or sale?

  3. Dinesh Shetty

    What will be efficiency of the Electric Immersion heater for heating Bitumen?

    • Peta Jardine

      Hi Dinesh, our Bitumen heaters, using a low watt density black heat are highly efficient, but please contact us with your specific requirements and we can give you more detail. Thanks!

  4. Braden Bills

    I didn’t know that insulated barriers can be useful even in electric heaters! I might have to give it a shot. It’s a good way to prevent energy loss!

  5. Alexius Jasin

    Do you have any better option for heating 2500 – 3000 tons of bulk bitumen in a storage tank? Normally we use oil heater circulated around and within the tank.


    • Ren Samson

      Hi Alexius, yes, we do have a better option for heating bulk bitumen by using our efficient and low watt density black heat electric heating elements, please contact us on 1800 025 287 or email sales@thermalelectric.com.au with your specific requirements and your return contact details and we will contact you to discuss and give you more details, thank you.

  6. Dallas Fraser

    Would like a heating element single or 3 phase to drop down into my bitumen sprayer.It holds 1300 ltrs can you help.
    Cheers Dallas

    • Richard Frey

      Hi Dallas,
      Sorry for the delay, we will be glad to help. VTEE offer a range of efficient and low watt density “black” heat electric bitumen heating elements that we have provided to all sized bitumen companies Australia wide. Give our Technical Sales team a call on 1800 025 287 in Australia or +61 2 6659 6200 or email sales@thermalelectric.com.au and the team can have a chat about the best heater type for your sprayer. Thanks, Lianna

  7. Graham urquhart

    We have an bitumen emulsion storage we need too heat and circulate at 40c to run of mains 240 volt power tank holds approx 15000 litres 5 m long and 3 m high can you heal graham 0418696275 tank is


Leave a comment