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Many of our products have been mainstays at construction sites since their introduction. We’ve made winter construction more viable, and summer construction more comfortable. Cure concrete in winter, or cool workers in summer. Thaw the ground, or heat your environment for insulation applications.

VAL6 – Daystar

Sometimes, the bigger models in the VAL6 series are just plain too much heat, and the smallest member of the VAL6 series has proven its worth time and again. Small, but powerful – The Daystar is a must for people on the go, needing a quality heat source.

Recommended Uses
When it comes to construction sites, the Daystar is a great all-rounder. More for the quickly-moving worker than the one that’s going to be hanging around the same area most of the day. The Daystar can be moved from place to place, and even site to site, with very little effort. Electricians, flooring installers, specialist painters – anyone who is doing a small job and then moving on to the next will value the Daystar.

Features
What’s great about the Daystar is its portability. Lightweight, with an easy-carry handle on the top. Like all members of the VAL6 series of heaters, the Daystar can burn kerosene, #1 & #2 diesel, and bio-diesel (up to 20%). Not only that, but the high efficiency of the Daystar provides a 100% recovery of heat from the fuel burnt. Because of the high fuel efficiency, there’s no smell, no carbon monoxide emissions to worry about, no burning eyes, no headaches! It has dual-heating system, providing both radiant and forced-air heat. With a 2.6 gallon tank, and a fuel intake of 0.4 gallons an hour, the Daystar has a continuous-use rating of 6.5 hours.

Parts
Find parts for the Daystar here.

VAL6 – KBE5S

Consider the KBE5S the “economy” version of the KBE5L. It doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles, and with the smaller fuel tank, it will mean more frequent re-fuels. However, if your site demands big heat for a smaller investment, the KBE5S is the way to go.

Recommended Uses
The uses of the KBE5S, the KBE5L and the EPX are going to be quite similar, given their radiant-only styles of heating. The question is, how much heat do you want, and how much control do you want over it? The KBE5S is great for spot-heating personnel, drying concrete, putting up drywall, increasing material temperature when installing insulation – pretty much wherever you need something heated, be that a person, or materials, the KBE5S will do it. However, being the economy version of the KBE5L, it lacks the high/low heating control, fuel pre-heater, larger fuel tank, and exhaust visor.

Features
What good is a spot-heater if you can’t change spots easily? None! That’s why all heaters in our range are designed to be ultra-portable. Like all units in the VAL6 series, the KBE5S can burn kerosene, #1 & #2 diesel, and bio-diesel (up to 20%). The high efficiency of the KBE5S means a 100% recovery of heat from the fuel burnt. Due to the high fuel efficiency, you can enjoy no smell, no carbon monoxide emissions to worry about, no burning eyes, no headaches! A purely radiant heater, there’s no air movement. It creates a comfortable, dust-free environment. Additionally, radiant heat is not shifted by the elements. On a windy, rainy, or snowy day, the heat still gets to you! With a 9 gallon tank, and a fuel consumption of 0.85 gallons per hour, the KBE5S goes non-stop for 10.5 hours.

Parts
Find parts for the KBE5S here.

VAL6 – KBE5L

The KBE5L is the flagship heater for the VAL6 series, and for good reason. This is the heater you want several of around the construction site.

Recommended Uses
When deciding on a heater for your construction site, it comes down to whether you want: radiant heat, convection (forced-air) heat, or both. Some folks might automatically think both is best, but not so fast. Sometimes air movement can’t be tolerated for whatever reason. In that case, you need either the KBE5S, KBE5L, or EPX. The KBE5L is the premium model of the KBE5S. It does everything the KBE5S does, but with slightly higher heating capacity, and more features, such as the exhaust visor, increased fuel tank size, fuel pre-heater, and high/low settings.

Features
You want portability? You got it. All heaters in the VAL6 series can run on your vehicle battery with our power inverter. The same as the other heaters in the VAL6 series, the KBE5L can burn kerosene, #1 & #2 diesel, and bio-diesel (up to 20%). The scientific design of our heaters brought about our high fuel efficiency, and the subsequent 100% recovery of heat from fuel burnt. Not only that, but no smell, no carbon monoxide emissions to worry about, no burning eyes, no headaches! Being a radiant heater only (no air movement), it creates a dust-free environment. With a 15 gallon fuel tank, consuming 0.75 and 0.9 gallons of fuel per hour on low and high, respectively, the KBE5L can continually run for 20, and 16.5 hours (low & high). Also, because radiant heat isn’t effected by wind, rain or snow, you stay warm, even when your surroundings aren’t.

Parts
Find parts for the KBE5L here.

VAL6 – EPX

Day #1 of construction starts. This means you’re looking at nothing but a bare patch of ground. When there aren’t any walls up yet, and you need to direct a lot of heat, look no further than the EPX – the largest model in the VAL6 series.

Recommended Uses
So, you’ve decided you need purely radiant heat at your site. If you need big heat, then the EPX is for you. Including all of the features of the KBE5L (the premium model of the KBE5S) including a built-in thermostat, the EPX produces the highest amount of heat. Not only that, but due to the 20% larger radiation disk compared to the KBE5S/L, it produces the highest amount of heat for the least amount of fuel, relatively.

Features
Even though it’s the largest of our VAL6 models, the portability rating is still top-notch, with the ability to run on your vehicle battery with our power inverter. The EPX can burn kerosene, #1 & #2 diesel, and bio-diesel (up to 20%). The 98.9% fuel efficiency rating combined with the fuel-reclamation exhaust visor results in a 100% recovery of heat from fuel burnt. This means no smell, no carbon monoxide emissions to worry about, no burning eyes, no headaches! Being a radiant heater only (no air movement), there’s no dust blowing around. With a 15.4 gallon fuel tank, it burns 0.75 and 1.02 gallons of fuel per hour on low and high, respectively. Meaning the EPX can continually run for 20.5, and 15 hours (low & high). Also, because radiant heat isn’t effected by wind, rain or snow, you stay warm, even when your surroundings aren’t.

Parts
Find parts for the EPX here.

WPS-30

When the walls are still down and there’s nothing keeping out the elements, a heater in the VAL6 range is definitely the way to go. However, once you get the exterior barriers up, you might be looking for a heat source that’s a little more subtle. Enter: The WPS series.

Recommended Uses
As more and more walls go up, the spaces you’re working in may get more and more confined. That’s when the incredible, instant heat of the VAL6 series would be substituted by the WPS. The far-infrared heat is able to travel farther, and transfer deeper into objects, without the heat feeling oppressive when in close range. Aim the WPS-30 down a hallway, or set it right in the room. All you need is a power source. Utilizing this kind of portable heating system can save on heating the entire building to remain comfortable.

Features
Far-infrared heat, compared to normal infrared – meaning the heat travels farther and penetrates deeper. The curved, 19.8″ wide heat panel effectively heats a wide space, and the 20° tilt gives you incredible control of the heat direction. It produces the same, sunlight-like warmth as our VAL6 radiant heaters. Many typical electric heaters have a surface temperature of 1,380°F. However, the surface temperature of the WPS-30 heating element stays at 570°F, and is protected by a thick-wire, heat-resisting face guard. You’d barely know the heater was on if it weren’t so warm in the room!

Parts
Find parts for the WPS-30 here.

Hotgun – 125NA

If, instead of radiant heat (VAL6 & WPS), you’re wanting to move hot air around your construction site, the Hotgun series is the way to go. Head and shoulders above the run-of-the-mill “salamander” heaters, the 125NA is quiet, efficient, and clean burning.

Recommended Uses
Because the 125NA is a forced-air heater, instead of heating objects (people, materials, etc.) like the VAL6 series or WPS, the Hotgun increases the temperature of the air in the space where it is in operation. Unfortunately, unlike the VAL6 or WPS, when the higher temperature air in the room is exchanged with lower temperature air outside the room (something which occurs, on average, three times per hour) the heater must again heat the new air. However, the convection (hot air) heat of the Hotgun will increase the temperature of objects, just not as quickly as a VAL6 or WPS.

Features
The 125NA has an incredibly high efficiency rating for a forced-air heater, converting nearly 100% of fuel to thermal energy. With the 14.3 gallon fuel tank, the Hotgun is rated for a 15-hour continuous-run time. Unlike most forced-air heaters on the market, the Hotgun is quiet in operation, and is so efficient, there’s no smell, burning eyes or headaches – and the carbon monoxide emissions are virtually non-existent!

Parts
Find parts for the Hotgun here.

RKF-403

Portable evaporative coolers (sometimes referred to as “swamp coolers”) like the RKF series can make a hot, sticky and sluggish construction job go that little bit quicker and keep your workers that little bit more comfortable. The RKF-403 is the smaller of the two in the series, and is only available in limited supply.

Recommended Uses
To put it concisely, the RKF series is great wherever you aim it. If you have workers that are slowing down due to the hot, summer working conditions, it’s time to invest in one of our coolers – either a RKF-403, or our more popular, larger model: RKF-503.

Features
One of the most distinguishing features of both the RKF-403 and -503 is the auto-shut off button. With evaporative coolers, you have water filtering through a cooling “pad” which needs to dry out after each use, or it will start to mold. With most evaporative coolers, their “auto-shut off” feature means when the water runs dry in the tank (if there is none coming in to replace it via a hose hook-up) the pump will shut off to avoid burning it up. The RKF series has that, as well. However, what our auto-shut off button means is that when you’re ready to lock up for the day, just hit the button and the fan will stay on to sufficiently dry the pads, and then shut off, without you having to stick around to turn it off yourself. See the RKF-503 features for more!

Parts
Find parts for the RKF-403 here.

RKF-503

When you’ve got a site that’s slowing to a crawl due to the oppressive heat, you need to cool your workers, or yourself, down to keep the job going. The RKF-503, the larger of our two evaporative coolers, is well appreciated wherever you aim it.

Recommended Uses
The RKF-503 can be used as a single unit, but many companies buy in bulk, putting a cooler wherever there is a hub of activity. Additionally, by substituting an expensive, portable, air-conditioned break room for an open tent and a couple RKFs, the change in temperature workers experience when going in or out of the break room is decreased, therein decreasing the shock to their system when it’s time to get back to work.

Features
The RKF-403 and -503 features are pretty much the same. In addition to the very special auto-shut off button (see the RKF-403 features), they also both have an automatic pump shut-off if you run out of water. There is an easily removable screen covering for the cooling pads which prevents bugs, dirt and other contaminants from getting inside. When it’s time to clean, you simply pull off the screen to clean it, as opposed to pulling out the delicate cool pads. Unlike many other evaporative coolers our there, our water tank is removable, making cleaning a breeze. Each unit features oscillating, horizontal louvers which give an 80° air flow range, as well as three, manual, vertical louvers. Finally, the coolers are incredibly energy efficient, operating on a max power output of 290 watts (403) and 520 watts (503) of power.

Parts
Find parts for the RKF-503 here.