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Baptistry Heaters

baptistry heater is water heating device used to heat the water in a baptistry. There are three main types of heaters sold today immersion, circulation and gas/LP. A baptismal heater can range in power from 1kW to 11.5 kW.

It is believed that the first baptistry heater was developed by W.E. McCorquodale in 1904 by creating a natural gas heater. He began to work on developing a heater that would warm the water by using heavy copper coils that would transfer the heat from the elements to the water (found on Wikipedia). The modern baptistry heater works very much like the original ones. Instead of using natural gas or LP, electricity is used in most occasions. The two basic styles are an Immersion Heater, which is basically like a hot iron that is placed into the baptistry (and must be removed prior to use) and a circulation, which uses a pump to circulate the water through the heater.

Baptistry HeaterToday the majority of baptistry heaters are manufactured by one company Hydro-Quip out of California. Hydro-Quip is what is known as an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). What does this mean? It means that most of the heaters for baptistries on the market are manufactured by Hydro-Quip and private labeled for other companies. Hydro-Quip maintains its own UL listing E99812 (click here for UL certification). For more than 30 years Hydro-Quip has manufactured baptistry circulation heaters with its origin in the Spa Heater business.

The Hydro-Quip baptistry heater offered by Church Outlet is available in 5kw and 11kw models. The BES 6000 Series baptismal heaters are state of the art. They offer built in diagnostics and a “plug and play” application that allows for the addition of accessories such as the Auto Fill and Auto Drain. The unit is also available with the BAPside Control Unit which allows for remote operation from up to 25’ away from the baptistry heating unit. The BES 6000 series comes standard with built in GFCI, High Limit Protection, Full Range Thermostat, Pressure Switch Activation, Stainless Steel Housing for the heating element and a Non-Conductive Base. A seven day timer is available for those churches that may leave water in the baptistry all the time (such as the Church of Christ). The timer can be set to turn on and off at certain days and times of the week. This way the water in the baptismal pool can be ready at a moment’s notice if the occasion arises and an individual desires to be baptized.

For more information on the BES 6000 series baptismal heaters check out our online store or call us at 800-736-3113. We will be more than happy to assist you with any questions that you may have or with the purchase of a baptistry heater. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Buying a baptistry heater

If you are in the market to purchase a new baptistry heater but you don’t know where to start, we are here to help! We understand that choosing the correct baptismal heater can be a confusing task, so we want to try and make it simpler for you. Below you will find some questions you should know before you start the process of looking for a new baptistry heater.

  1. How many gallons of water does your baptistry hold?
  2. What is the size of your existing heater unit (in kilowatts)?
  3. Do you leave water in the baptistry all the time or do you fill and drain as needed?
  4. What if any are your limitations on power?
  5. Where is the existing heater located (in relation to the baptismal pool)?

Once you know the answer to to these basic questions the process of choosing the correct baptistry heater can begin. To make sure you get the best baptism heater you will want to make sure you pay close attention to the following. 

  1. Is the heater UL Listed? The entire unit not just the individual components?
  2. Does the pump have a minimum of 3/4 HP?
  3. Is the housing for the element made of stainless steel. 
  4. Is the heater thermostatically controlled?
  5. Does the baptistry heater offer a plug-n-play control panel that allows add-ons of accessories?
  6. Does the heater unit offer a Visual Diagnostics?

All of these features listed above are standard on the BES 6000 Series baptistry heater by Hydro Quip. There are other companies that offer heaters with these features such as the PBH series by Piedmont Fiberglass, EQAS series by Fiberglass Specialties and the CR series by Church Rite. All of these are manufactured by Hydro Quip. They are just private labeled by Hydro Quip for these companies. We have chosen to offer the product under the name of Hydro Quip so that there is no confusion. Hydro Quip has been in the business of producing top quality baptistry heaters for more than 30 years now and are considered to be the best in the market. 

Don’t let the task of selecting a baptistry heater get you confused! Give us a call 800-736-3113 or send us an email and we will be more than happy to assist you in choosing the right heater for your baptismal pool. You won’t find a better price anywhere. If you do we will meet it or beat it (on same product)! 

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