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60 Gallon immersed tube bitumen boiler mounted on a fast tow trailer, with indicator and reflectors built onto the frame. A bucket step provided a safer height to decant the bitumen. This boiler was unique at its time using a ‘kettle design’ firing the heat into tubes within the pan that subsequently heated the bitumen more effectively.
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Over the years Horrods have designed a range of different types, styles and mechanical handling to provide solutions where clients have requested them for their projects. Below are some of the examples that have been designed to make life easier!
Standard Asphalt & Bitumen Equipment
A Standard bitumen boiler mounted on a flat top truck fitted with specialist heatshield to protect the LPG cylinder, and a bucket step to the rear. Designed to move the bitumen boiler around a site, never on a road. The Bitumen boiler itself has a half-hinged lid, with an immersed outlet tap to decant the materials. (below, a twin unit) designed for site use only.
The bucket heater was originally designed to replace the very dangerous pracise of operatives in civil engineering, using a ‘camping stove’ to heat bitumen in buckets. Balancing basic buckets on this exposed flame precariously, to use the materials for banding/bonding on roads/motorways in UK. Since, it has become a very versatile, and far safer optio. Designed in the Horrod tradition, with safety first! As with most designs, this product maintains the heat in the material necessary for the job when a larger unit, such as an asphalt mixer, or hot air rubber melter, etc., are unable to be accomodated due to the Used at sites with more confined space the material is conveyed from the ‘melter/mixer’ via a bucket (lidded buckets are also availble) to the heater which then maintains the heat within the material until the operatives are able to use it.
Standard Bitumen Boilers 10-50 Gallon Capacity are still utilised within the area of roofing on smaller projects. These boilers are either single or double skin cases the latter providing a better shield to maintain the heat within the pan.
Asphalt Cauldron and accessories. The 10½ cwt Cauldron (illustrated), is a 2 piece case, housing a conical pan which is used with a false pan bottom. The sizes available: 2 piece case cauldrons: 10½ cwt | 4½ cwt Single case 2½ cwt
Asphalt Patching Pot As its name suggests, the patching pot is a small portable unit that permits the user to cover the smaller jobs/areas needed to finish or even repair on site.
Safety First
Standard Asphalt Bucket The standard bucket provides a method of transport for asphalt from a-b (pot/mixer/cauldron) to laying point. The bucket is made from a heavy spun steel in a single piece with a tipping handle at the midline, and the carry handle being attached to lugs welded securely either side. Special Asphalt Bucket (left) This bucket is fortified with a striker bar and band making it a lot more harder wearing.
Accessories Asphalt Equipment
Bitumen Ladle Used on smaller sites for decanting bitumen from a boiler.
The crimple roller is a device used on laid hot asphalt to create a tactile surface. It is a solid ‘roller’ with a long fitted handle and reverse elevation bar.
Crimple Roller
Our bitumen boilers are used in many industries: Sterlising cutlery, Shellfish cooking, and even fishing bait in the form of boilies.
Specialist Bitumen Equipment (past and present)
The evolution of the equipment used for bitumen in the roofing industry, and civil engineering has been an interesting  process, this is an early example, a bitumen boiler mounted on a 3 wheel ‘bogie’ easy manoeuvre around a site.
Asphalt buckets can be modified for special use.