Dry VS Wet Start Snowmelters
Dry start snowmelting machines vs wet start machines. In the past year or two there has been the beginning of commercial snow melting machines which can be started without the large container into which the snow is dumped having to be filled with water. There is one particular company that has been marketing this type of machine. (We have the ability and have made these machines as well) while it may be appealing to think of not having to fill the large containers with water before use we encourage potential buyers to consider these thoughts from our engineers. First we have seen problems with some of the machines sold with this newer technology. Secondly our engineers strongly believe some water should still be placed inside the machine before starting to avoid problems. Finally our engineers believe the wet machines will have a much longer life span.
On a separate but related note the machines will have a much longer life span and perform much better for a longer period of time if the inside is made of stainless steel. Our machines come standard with stainless steel.
Our clients’ still choose over 70 percent of our wet start machines vs. our dry start machines for the reasons given above. Regardless, melting snow vs hauling is more cost efficient, more environment friendly, and safer than traditional commercial removal.
This is the snow forecast from Farmer’s Almanac. It matches what forecasters are predicting to be a huge El Nino this winter. It takes about 3 to 4 months to build a snowmelter. We do have a new demo 15 ton available now. It can work well with parking ramps, small strip malls, streets etc. If your city is like Minneapolis with all the new apartment construction on previously empty lots, there will be many fewer places than even before to haul snow. Hauling snow is very expensive – melting snow is more efficient and less costly.