William R. Tucker - Eagle River AK,
1263435R, 37227, 37228, 37196, 37199
An upright induction chamber () is positioned within a melting tank () of a snow melting apparatus (). The melting tank is filled with melting water. Shredded snow from a hopper assembly () is introduced into the upper end of the induction chamber along with heated melting water, to be mixed by an impeller fan pump () that is operated to force the melting water at sufficient speed through the induction chamber to overcome the buoyancy of the snow, thereby facilitating uniform distribution of the snow across the induction chamber and good mixing of the snow with the melting water. A portion of the liquid composed of the melted snow and melting water from the induction chamber is expelled from the melting tank, and a portion of the liquid from the induction chamber passes through a heat exchanger () positioned within the heating tank to be heated thereby and then re-introduced into the upper portion of the induction chamber.