Q1. How long does it take to build a snow melter?
A: The lead time is approximately 4-5 months from the time a purchase order is received.
Q2. Does SRS rent snow melters?
A: SRS does not rent directly. A customer would need to rent a melter through our Authorized Dealer network as part of the dealer’s fleet of melters.
Q3. What about leasing a snow melter from SRS?
A: Leasing is a great way for customers to obtain melters without the initial capital outlay necessary for the direct purchase. SRS does not lease directly, but leasing options can be arranged through our Authorized Dealer network and leasing companies.
Q4. Are the SRS snow melters clean, safe and environmentally friendly?
A: Yes. Unlike submersible combustion melt methods, SRS melters use a closed loop heat exchanger design. This design utilizes a large diameter furnance tube, which allows complete combustion for low emissions, in conjunction with 250 + (# varies by model) 1.5″ diameter hot air return tubes. The large number of small diameter tubes creates an enormous amount of surface area for efficient heat transfer with the melt water. Our closed loop design does not allow any exhaust particulates to enter the exiting melt water during operation and there are no carbon monoxide safety issues for the operators. Our melt process ensures the end user that they are not adding pollutants to the melt water and into the storm drain system.
Q5. What types of fuel can be used in the SRS snow melters?
A: Diesel is the standard fuel used on the portable melters, but natural gas can be used in a stationary application. Other fuel options must be addressed on a case by case basis to ensure the fuel type will combust properly in the burners.
Q6. Do you have to fill the melter with water prior to the start of operations?
A: Yes, Trying to load snow directly on top of the heat exchanger can damage the tubing or cause the tubes to warp due to inadequate water/coolant surrounding the tubes. Also, the water circulation pump cannot function properly to move the heated water into the melt tank until the water line is above the inlet height of the pump. Typical start-up time is approximately 15 minutes.
Q7. What would the energy costs of the melter be in gallons per hour of diesel?
A: Typically, one ton of snow requires 1.5 US gallons of diesel (heat energy) to melt which can vary slightly depending on snow density, ambient air temperature, and altitude.
Q8. Does the melter collect a lot of the sediment and debris from the snow?
A: Yes, but the amount will vary based on how dirty the snow is being loaded into the melter. The sediment is heavier than the water and will sink to the bottom of the melt tank rather than flow out with the exiting melt water. So the exiting water is cleaner than the snow being loaded in. The sediment can then be properly disposed of during the cleanout process. The hydraulic cleanout systems of the SRS melters makes quick work of the cleanout by utilizing lifting/tilting trays (P100) or lifting/tilting the entire melt tank (P70) for the sediment to easily slide out the cleanout doors.
Q9. How many operators are required?
A: Only one operator is required. Once the melter is started and up to operating temperature, the operator can then run the front end loader to fill the melter with snow. Water temperature and status lights are displayed to keep the operator informed of the melter’s operating status.