GYS induction heaters: Heat without fire

Induction heating looms large in manufacturing industries and in domestic cookers. What’s it about, and can it help in the farm workshop?

by Alexander Bertling and Andrew Pearce

13 Feb 2022

Oxy-fuel gases have warmed up steel on farms since Adam were a lad. With good reason: if the equipment is properly maintained and if the operator follows well-defined procedures, oxy-acetylene in particular is a safe and effective way to heat a wide range of material thicknesses. And you can cut and weld with it. But while the equipment itself is relatively cheap, cylinder rental and gas isn’t. Moreover, the two safety-related ‘ifs’ above generate enough concern that, in these risk-averse days, some companies have banished gas from their workshops.