Keeping Mortar Materials Warm in the Winter Lincoln NE

Keeping sand and water warm when mixing mortar in cold weather is an age-old problem for masons in Lincoln. The traditional solutions of heating sand and water directly over open fires or over culvert pipes with fires in them leave room for improvement. Three products in Lincoln now offer practical solutions to these problems.

Ron's Masonry & Stone
(402) 475-5511
1121 High St Ste 3
Lincoln, NE
 
Blue Don Masonry
(402) 730-8138
4400 Meredeth St
Lincoln, NE
 
Done-Rite Construction
(402) 540-4050
Lincoln, NE
 
Gagner Restoration Inc
(402) 474-6557
1845 S 1st St
Lincoln, NE
 
Shields Masonry
(402) 432-3514
Lincoln, NE
 
Vineyard Masonry Inc
(402) 770-3279
Lincoln, NE
 

Keeping Mortar Materials Warm in the Winter

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Source: Masonry Construction
Publication date: December 1, 1991

By Jim Camillo

Keeping sand and water warm when mixing mortar in cold weather is an age-old problem for masons. The traditional solutions of heating sand and water directly over open fires or over culvert pipes with fires in them leave room for improvement. Three products now offer practical solutions to these problems. One device is a giant electric heating pad for the sandpile; a second heats water in a drum that then works like a hot water bottle to heat the sand; and the third heats water in a chamber and releases steam to heat the sand.

HEATING PAD

The pad works like an electric blanket. According to the manufacturer, the pad produces constant heat and is inexpensive and simple to operate. To use the pad, lay it on top of the sandpile and place a tarp over it. Plug in the pad and let it heat overnight.

ELECTRIC ROD

Like the heating pad, this device eliminates unsafe open fires. Unlike the pad, it warms both sand and water. It works by heating water in a steel drum buried in the center of a sandpile. Heat from the water radiates through the drum to warm the sand.

STEAM MACHINE

This machine uses a 25-gallon steam chamber and 200,000-Btu liquid-propane torch to warm a truckload of sand (22 tons), from top to bottom, in about 4 hours. According to the manufacturer, the machine generates a full head of steam in 35 minutes from a cold start.

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