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Asphalt Reclaiming Procedure: A Step-by-Step Guide

Asphalt hotboxes manufactured by KM International offer outstanding features that can help you complete your projects quickly while feeling confident that the results will last.

With an asphalt hotbox reclaimer, you can reheat bulk-stored, uncompacted virgin asphalt, so you will waste less material and save time. The reclaiming process takes about 10 hours, depending on the amount of material you are reclaiming.

One important factor in more efficient asphalt repairs is getting the asphalt reclaiming procedure down pat. Following these four steps and tips may help.

1. Asphalt patties

Begin by dividing your asphalt mix into manageable chunks. This can be done using a template or eyeballing it using a shovel. Keep in mind you are going to have to lift these patties into your asphalt hotbox for reclaiming, so make them light enough for lifting.

The recommended chuck size is 18” x 21” x 3 ½”.

2. Storage procedure

When preparing your asphalt chunks for storage, make sure you put either a piece of sheet metal or plywood between levels. Doing so will help keep the chunks from sticking or being welded together.

3. Reclaiming asphalt

When you are ready to reheat your bulk-stored asphalt, simply place the chunks into the asphalt hotbox reclaimer’s hopper. Depending on the amount, the reclaiming process will take between 8 and 12 hours. The temperature should be set to 300 degrees overnight and then increased to 325-350 degrees Fahrenheit first thing in the morning.

4. Ready to use

Upon completion of the asphalt reclaiming process, you should have material that is 325 degrees to 350 degrees throughout the entire load. The mix should have the same consistency and properties as it had directly from the asphalt plant.

To learn more about our asphalt hotboxes or asphalt reclaiming procedures using our machines, call our facility, located in North Branch, Michigan. You may also explore our road maintenance machines and tools or send us a message through our website for more info