Monthly Archives: December 2014

10 Things to Consider in an Enclosed Ground Flare

There are many different types of Enclosed Ground Flare Systems currently on the market. However, all of these units are not created equal. Here is a list of things to consider if you are in the market to buy an Enclosed Ground Flare.

  • Will the Enclosed Ground Flare unit meet BACT (Best Available Control Technology) criteria for destroying Hydrocarbons including Methane? BACT is a pollution control standard that equipment operators are required to meet based on energy consumption, emissions and environmental impact based on their location.
  • Are destruction efficiencies guaranteed? When paying for any Enclosed Ground Flare, you should always discuss the efficiency of the unit including CO emissions.
  • What is the Burner Turndowns ratio? The turndown ratio compares the max to minimum amount of heat that is put out. You want to make sure that your burner turndown ration is not too limited.
  • Does the Enclosed Ground Flare unit light and adjust automatically to the fuel and ratios or does this need to be done manually? Time is money so the more that can be done automatically, the better.
  • What will the upkeep cost you? Some Enclosed Ground Flare systems require expensive replacement matrixes. Make sure you ask about these maintenance costs with the manufacturer and factor them into your budget.
  • What is the construction material? The most durable material is heavy rolled steel. The manufacturer’s materials will determine the quality and lifetime value.
  • Will the Enclosed Ground Flare unit be trailer mounted or skid mounted?
  • What kind of control system and interface does the Enclosed Ground Flare unit come with? Are these components going to be UL classified?
  • Will the manufacturer assist you in acquiring the necessary permits? Determining what permits you need and applying for them is not an easy process so having help with this will save you time and money.
  • Will you be provided with drawings, an operating manual, and installation for the Enclosed Ground Flare system? Are these items included in the purchase price?

To learn more about Enclosed Ground Flare Systems by Baker Furnace or to request a quote, contact Baker Furnace by clicking HERE.

A Brief History of the Heat Treat Oven

Necessity is the greatest catalyst for innovation. This was also the case with the invention of the heat treat oven. The more man’s ambitions developed, the more he needed specific tools to accomplish his goals. This is where the idea of the heat treat oven was born.

This journey began with the production of iron somewhere around the 2000 BCE in southern Asia. Iron was replacing bronze due to its strength and durability. At this crude stage open fires acted as the heat treat oven. The iron was heated, worked, heated, worked, and so on until it was ready to be cooled.

The concept of heat treating was one of universal birth. All over the world in different civilizations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, metalworkers began to enclose the fire pits little by little as it was noticed that heat uniformity and heat retention had a substantial effect on the product and on the productivity of the worker.

As man’s dreams for iron implements became more and more specialized, so did the heat treating requirements. The heat treat oven became a tool for science and engineering.  Heat treating became more than just a means of creating a desired product; it became the science of learning to controlling metallic compositions and their properties.

3,000 Years later steel replaced iron and brought with it a myriad of possibilities. Steel was stronger, more flexible, and more durable than cast or wrought iron. That said, producing steel was also time-consuming, labor intensive and costly.

As the demand for steel grew with the railway boom, a new process emerged called the Bessemer Process. This process allowed high quality steel to be manufactured in minutes instead of days and while using less fuel and labor.

From these earliest heat treat ovens of the Iron Age to the creation of mass assembly lines, heat treating has touched all aspects of everyday life from railroads, pipelines, refineries, vehicles, infrastructure, buildings, bolts, nuts, washers and dryers, and tools of every kind.

The heat treat oven revolutionized the world by providing endless possibilities for the creation, development and use of metals.

To learn more about heat treat ovens or to speak to someone about what a heat treat oven can do for your company; contact Baker Furnace by clicking HERE. Professional personnel are available to provide you with a free quote!