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Electric Heat Tape?

adambuild Member Posts: 413
I know there are brands of electrical heat tape used to prevent pipe freeze up that only pull watts in the single digits. Can anyone give me some brand names and possible sources? Thanks in advance!


  • Jack, CVMS
    Jack, CVMS Member Posts: 81
    Heat Tape

    Most good heat tape is rated in watts per foot, and there is quite a bit that is rated in the single digits. But be aware that that rating is at a specific temperature, and when the tape is initially turned on at a lower temperature the wattage draw can be considerably higher.
    Around my part of Alaska we generally use the 6W/ft stuff, and prefer Chemelex brand (Wintergard, Wintergard Wet). There is also Frostex, and probably other brands that I've never seen. Always use the best, a self-limiting type. Cheap heat tape is one of the most expensive mistakes you can make.
  • Jon_2
    Jon_2 Member Posts: 109
    Heat Tapes

    If you look at the bottom of the Wall you will find the Community Bullitin Board. I have 2 rolls of Raychem, Wintergard Wet 240 vac, self-regulating, 6 Watts per foot. Stock No. H622250. at a better price than Graingers who has it listed as Item # 4E517. It is one of the best heat tapes on the market but not cheap. Jon
  • Jack, CVMS
    Jack, CVMS Member Posts: 81

    Thanks, John, for correcting my goof. Wintergard Wet is *Raychem* not Chemelex. And you're right, it is definitely one of the best.
  • Mark Wolff
    Mark Wolff Member Posts: 256

    We use Raychem also. It's the only way to go. You don't want to spend 1/2 the money and end up doing it twice. Pay a premium and sleep at night.
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