We have just completed pipework in six poultry houses at Martock, Somerset. The grower already had Drapervent recircs in two of his houses, and Big Dutchman recirculation heat exchangers in three. The latter have now been fitted with Draper heat only coils, together with new recirculation units in one further house.
This is one of the older houses on the site — a 25,000 bird unit. You can see the old propane-fired heater in the background has taken a bit of a bashing over the years, but the new heater is up out of the way of the catchers and cleaners, so it should have an easier time of it. And with our stainless steel pipework carrying a twenty year warranty there shouldn’t be any worries about longevity. On the grower’s other site at Chard (not fitted by us) he has had numerous leaks in the welded joints of the iron pipework, and the fitters are having to go back to a suspected leak in some of the underground pipework. We use Uponer for ours — no joints below ground, pre-insulated, and a twenty year guarantee to boot. Nothing is completely bullet proof, but we try to minimise the risks by selecting the best materials for the job and following the manufacturer’s guidelines during fitting.
Above, you can see our new prefab boilerhouses, with their galvanised steel frames and composite panel construction they go together in a day and will stand the test of time.
Here are two of the pods, back to back, one left hand and the other right hand, ready to go into the boilerhouses.