Ready For Another 100 Days of Thawing

We’ve posted some great Toaster™ customer stories over the past few seasons. Here are a few of our favorites. Got a Toaster™ story you’d like to tell us? We’re all ears. “Did you hear the one …” 

Serious ToasterThe Serious Thermal Products’ Toaster™ warms up North Dakota pipeline in record time

Pipeline joints need to be excavated, x-rayed and visually inspected which can mean about 400-500 potholes need to be dug for any stretch of pipeline. Digging two to three potholes a day for 12 hours a day means a whole lot of digging in less than ideal conditions out in the frozen North Dakota landscape. Read more …

Serious ToasterCrews remove 3X the volume of dirt after preparing site using Toaster™ ground thawing units

Matt MacMillan is a veteran of hundreds of excavation projects for Calgary-based Dunwald and Fleming — a company that installs steel and poly gas distribution systems and pipelines — and even he was impressed. This winter, they were laying down a 24-inch water line just east of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Read more …

Serious ToasterToaster™ saves the day with help from an innovative Minnesota plumber

Columbus, MN based Matt’s Plumbing Solutions has a seriously innovative way of using our Toaster™ units for their clients. With another winter of typical Minnesota weather upon us some of Matt’s customers are having problems with sewer and water services at their homes. Freeze and thaw cycles can cause a ice buildup in pipes that eventually stops the flow completely. Of course excavating is expensive and just seems like it should be a last resort. Enter, the Toaster™. Read more …

Serious ToasterSerious Toaster™ creates summer digging conditions in winter

Janssen “Red” Curtis is a 25-year industry veteran who has spent the last 12 years as a supervisor for maintenance and construction with Valard. Curtis’s main responsibility is civil construction and maintenance for Enmax, the city electric utility for Calgary, Alberta. It’s a task that sounds straightforward for a crew with the appropriate expertise, but it does have an added wrinkle when winter arrives and underground jobs suddenly involve digging through frozen ground in order to service existing utilities. Read more …

Serious ToasterFrost Fight: Challenging winter utility installations have a contractor seeing infra-red.

No matter where you live, underground utility installations get a lot more difficult when the ground freezes. However, the last several years have proven to be especially tough for contractors in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, ever since their traditional ground-thawing techniques of coal burning were outlawed. In fact, the new rules have severely slowed most wintertime utility installations in the city, as contractors have struggled to find new ways to fight the frost. Read more …