Natural Rubber Pans
At Killarney Metals, we've built our brand on the durability and strength of the material used in our pans. To keep pushing the boundaries of spill containment, we've recently launched two natural rubber pans: a 24" round rubber drip pan, and a 24" round rubber drain pan.
You can view the pans here: https://www.killarneymetals.com/1022-rubber-pans
A Great Natural Insulator
While aluminum and steel are great materials for creating a durable, leak-proof drip or drain pan, they naturally conduct heat and electricity.
If your water heater sits atop a garage floor, or in a basement, the temperature of the concrete will transfer through the metal pan, and into your water heater.
In order to solve this problem, Killarney Metals had to go to the drawing board. We developed a leak-proof pan made entirely of natural rubber.
This rubber material is just as durable and long-lasting as metal, but has entirely different insulative qualities. The rubber material will serve as a buffer between your water heater and the cold, concrete floor, and allow your water to be heated much more quickly (and efficiently) in the winter months.
What is Natural Rubber?
Natural rubber, which is derived from a polymer produced by a species of tree named Hevea Brasiliensis, is used in thousands of consumer goods.
These Hevea trees are native to the Amazon rainforest, but over time seeds were migrated to other locations around the world. Because of non-sustainable production practices in South America, the Hevea plant is now mostly grown in Southeast Asia - today, Thailand and Indonesia supply over 90% of the world’s natural rubber. The soil conditions and climate in this region are ideal for rubber production.
Synthetic rubbers exist but do not contain some of the durability characteristics of natural rubber, which is why the natural variety is still extremely popular throughout the world. Additionally, natural rubber is much easier to recycle and re-use later. Synthetic rubbers often end up in landfills and contribute significantly to some of our global pollution issues.