It’s always good to have a competitor point out the best qualities of our product. As you may have seen in Ktech Coating’s flyer, Calcium Chloride is the best liquid deicer on the market, on this we both agree.
I do need to point out though “Who Is Really Kidding Who” ?
Ktech Coatings claim that they have not one but two exothermic chlorides in their “Beet Heat Severe” sorry, it’s just not true. Facts are, Pacific Northwest Snow Fighters, (PNS) who approved this as a Corrosion Inhibited Liquid Sodium Chloride with CaCl2, show that it is a blend of Sodium Chloride Content of 15.3% and Calcium Chloride at 5.4%.
Who’s Kidding? Ktech Coatings is – The only Exothermic product in the Beet Heat is Calcium Chloride, although a great deicer, in this concentration, not effective enough to make the product more effective then natural salt brine.
Also note that PNS has concluded from testing, Beet Juice added to salt brine in concentrations over 20% reduce the effective concentration of the Sodium Chloride. In effect making it less effective as a deicer. During my time at MDOT we witnessed the reduced effectiveness of salt brine and Beet Juice. At 3 degrees, when prewetting loads on the spreaders, the 7 to 10 ton loads froze and need to be chipped out of the salt hoppers. Not effective at all.
Who’s Kidding? Ktech Coatings is – When comparing corrosion rates, Calcium Chloride with Boost has a 92% better corrosion effectiveness then “Beet Heat Severe”, the melting capacity of 32% Calcium Chloride and better pricing.
Who’s Kidding? Let’s review – More effective, Better Corrosion Protection, Better Pricing. Ktech Is…….
When looking for the best deicer, make sure your vendor can provide you with the independent proof. PNS, the better business bureau of liquid deicers, is a great resource for this type of information. Make sure you are provided with a phase diagram, this will let you know how the product performs at different temperatures and dilution percentage. If they don’t have this type of documentation. Question the science? There is a difference between fact and fiction. Sales people should be able to send you the documentation. If they can’t, just turn and walk away.