What Is a Strip Heater?

These electrical heating devices are comprised of a heating element and a metal sheath or sleeve. Typical materials for the sheath are corrosion-resistant iron, steel, aluminum, aluminized steel, stainless steel and zinc-coated steel. Many strip heaters also have insulation made from fiberglass, mica, magnesium oxide, minerals and ceramic materials to reduce heat loss.

The strip is mounted to a surface with provided hardware so that the generated heat warms the object to which it is mounted or the surrounding air. The device may have fins to increase surface area and heat transfer for use as a radiant heater.

There are many options for mounting, including those with tabs or without. Some fit into a slot between two metal plates that allow maximum contact on either side of the heater.

Advantages of using these heaters include:

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  • Quick and easy heat transfer
  • Easy installation
  • Cost-effective
  • Low maintenance
  • Long-lasting
  • Corrosion resistance

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