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OCTOPUS HEAT EXCHANGER
Puts the SQUEEZE on Curing Costs

 


Lamar Jenkins
Live Oak, Florida

Knowing how to place an accurate value on things is a career for Lamar Jenkins of Live Oak,
Florida. He is an elected official in Suwannee County, where he serves as property appraiser.

 

But that is just his day job. Jenkins is also a successful tobacco farmer. In 2001, he produced 66 acres of flue-cured leaf.

When he faced the task of converting his barns to indirect heat, he had some serious choices to make. He wanted top value with his purchase of a heat exchanger, including fuel savings, dependability, and good cures.

 

 
It looked like a tall order. But in his own words, here's how Lamar came out:

'The Octopus gave us quality cures and excellent fuel economy." "Ray Shealey of BFD Tobacco Equipment recommended the Octopus Heat Exchanger to me. Some of my friends had used other types and were dissatisfied. I decided to try the Octopus in two ten-box Long barns, although I doubted I could get enough heat through all that tobacco. But I got quick, efficient drying just like we were used to with direct heat. The Octopus gave us quality cures and excellent fuel economy. It was impressive. I'm convinced this is the best curing technology available."

LAMAR JENKINS

 

Ricky Apple (left) & Brother Kenny
McLeansville, NC

"The Octopus ran at least thirty per cent cheaper."
"We had an Octopus Heat Exchanger put in a Roanoke barn in 2001. We ran six cures through it, and the Octopus was at least thirty per cent cheaper to operate than another make we were using. With the Octopus, we got great results without any changes in how we are used to curing. We were well pleased."

RICKY APPLE

"For fuel savings, the Octopus beats anything else out there."
"With things like they are now, we need to keep our costs down as much as we can. For fuel savings, the Octopus beats anything else out there. We have proved that for ourselves. We have to convert another barn for the 2002 crop, and that will be an Octopus too. It is very dependable and trouble-free."

KENNY APPLE


 

"I hope the Octopus doesn't put us out of the gas business."

"When we installed the Octopus Heat Exchanger for Kenny and Ricky Apple, I told them it would save them money on gas. The actual results were almost unbelievable. It used at least fifty gallons less per cure than another brand of heat exchanger right beside it. I joked with them I hope the Octopus doesn't put us out of the gas business."
JOHNNY ANDREWS
Monticello Oil Co.
Browns Summit, NC

 

 

Gerald Howell
Goldsboro, NC

'We got great fuel savings without changing the way we cure."

"We had the Octopus Heat Exchanger installed in three Bulktobac barns in 2001. I'm very satisfied. We got great fuel savings without changing the way we cure. At first, I wasn't sure if I could dry the leaf in time to set the color, but I didn't have to worry. The cures came out just great. The tobacco quality itself speaks for that. I'd recommend the Octopus Heat Exchanger to anybody."

GERALD HOWELL
 

 


Steve Lancaster
Pikeville, NC
"The Octopus gives us good cures, and is cheaper to operate."

"We have three Bulktobac barns that we have used since 1980, and we needed to convert them in 2001. I consulted with Jay Womble at Patetown-Dixie Gas, and he said the Octopus is the best heat exchanger out there. After one season, I have to agree. The Octopus gives us good cures, and is cheaper to operate than a different brand of heat exchanger we put in some other barns. To yellow my tobacco in those other barns, I had to run them wide open, and they burn gas like you've never seen. So I'm satisfied we made the right choice with the Octopus."

STEVE LANCASTER

   

 

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