Agricultural Dryer Types
Choose the Dryer that Works for You
Having invested time and money in a year’s crops, it’s important to choose the best and most affordable drying method to ensure continued high quality products.
The size of the equipment depends on a number of variables including acreage, number of bushels to be dried and type of crop to be dried such as corn or beans.
The required Btu/hr inputs for the equipment can range from 500,000 Btu/hr to over 10,000,000 Btu/hr.
Most units operate with a pressure between 2lbs and 10lbs, which means Union Gas must put a special metering system on drying equipment.
To have a contractor order a meter system for a grain dryer, complete a Request for Action form online using our online application tool called Get Connected.
Tobacco drying equipment in Ontario is usually a kiln, shaped like a box or small building, with a burner to heat the air. Tobacco burners are typically lower in input than grain dryers, ranging from 120,000 Btu/hr to above 500,000 Btu/hr.
However, even with the lower inputs, tobacco equipment also usually requires pressure gas, and needs to be handled as an independent system.
To have a contractor order a meter system for your tobacco dryer, complete a Request for Action form online using our online application tool called Get Connected.
Converting your drying equipment from propane to natural gas
Some types of existing propane drying equipment can be converted to natural gas by a licensed gas technician. Often, approved conversion kits are available from the manufacturer to make the conversion easy.
In other cases, the conversion may require field approval from a TSSA inspector. Whatever the situation the work must be done by a licensed contractor who specializes in conversion work.
Availability of natural gas
One last consideration is the availability of natural gas. Before purchasing natural gas equipment ensure that a sufficient gas supply is available. Even if there is a gas line there, the line may only be sized for residential equipment, and may not have the capacity to supply a large burner such as this.
Please contact your local Union Gas Account Manager to ensure that natural gas will be available at your location.