Pick steam injection heater

About Pick Heaters

Profile of Pick Heaters, originators of Direct Steam Injection Heaters.

Our History

In 1945, Pick Heaters developed and patented a unique concept of Direct Steam Injection Heating. It was the first step in what was to become a continuous flow of refinement and innovation. It is this design philosophy that has Pick at the heart of heating for over 75 years in industries ranging from food to chemical and pharmaceutical processing, pulp and paper, textile to power plants.



Out of this philosophy has come a continuous flow of refinements and innovations.


  • Pick is the only DSI company to offer a true instantaneous Variable Flow design for multiple use points and on/off applications.
  • Pick's BX Heater is truly innovative. Its open design allows slurry flow without obstruction, at negligible pressure drop. The BX Heater is used for industrial starch cooking and slurry heating.
  • Pick's Fabricated Heaters allow for flow rates and pressures far above the norm - up to 25,000 GPM or 1,500 PSIG (5,700 M3/Hr or 105 BARG). They also conform to existing piping from 1/2 to 32 inches (DN 15 to DN 900) and greater, and in various materials of construction.
  • Pick was the first Direct Steam Injection company to introduce a 3A certified Sanitary Heater in 1984 and was also the first DSI company to offer a pilot scale version especially for R&D.
  • Over 20 years ago Pick expanded its scope of supply to include Packaged Systems including skid mounted pumps, instrumentation and other ancillary equipment coupled with the Pick Direct Steam Injection Heater to meet customer’s needs.
  • Now, through PCD (Pick Custom Design) you can combine Pick's experience in heat transfer with their packaging capability to meet all your process heating needs - using various heat transfer methods.


Why choose Pick for Direct Steam Injection?


Energy Efficient

100% heat transfer cuts fuel costs up to 28%

Precise Temperature Control

To within 1°C or less for many systems

Wide Operating Range

Variable orifice injector provides unlimited turndown

Low Noise Level

Normally below 85 dBA

Low Liquid Pressure Drop

Does not exceed 2 PSI under design flow rates

Complete Mixing in Heater Body

No need for straight run pipe lengths after heater

Pick Heaters has a worldwide network of qualified engineers along with its highly qualified factory staff to work with you to design a process heating system to meet your specific requirements. Pick's international certifications include: CRN/Canada and CE/Europe.


Pick combines the Right Products with the Right People - Pick the Best.


For more information - contact us.