The DewPoint Generates Steam Using a Low-Pressure Boiler System


The DewPoint 6210 generates steam using a diesel-fired burner and a low-pressure boiler system. Steam is a very effective moisture medium for controlled hydration of the hay during the baling process. 1 gallon of water will produce approximately 1700 gallons of steam at sea level (more at higher elevations), which allows every leaf and stem in the crop to be treated without becoming too wet. Hay producers using steam can bale hay any time of the day or night without the need for natural dew.
How it Works
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1 - Fuel Tanks


Fuel Tanks: The DewPoint 6210 holds 300 gallons of #2 diesel fuel. The fuel is used for the engine and the burner, and uses an average of ½ gallon of diesel fuel per ton of hay baled.

2 - Water Tanks


Water Tanks: The DewPoint 6210 holds 1,000 gallons of water. Depending on crop yield and the amount of steam being used, an operator can bale 80-120 acres of hay with one load of water.

3 - Tires


Tires: The machine is equipped with radial flotation tires to minimize compaction in the field.

4 - Engine/Generator


Engine & Generator: A diesel-driven generator powers all electrical components on the machine.

5 - Burner


Burner: A diesel-fired burner is the heat source used for turning water into steam inside the boiler

6 - Boiler


Boiler: A custom boiler design allows for maximum efficiency at a low pressure. As exhaust gases from the burner pass through tubes, water surrounding the tubes is heated and turned to steam.

7 - Water System


Water System: The water system keeps the boiler full of water at all times.

8 - Steam Valves


Steam Valves: Four steam valves allow farmers to have customized control over the amount of steam they are applying to different spots of the windrow.

9 - Passthrough PTO


Passthrough PTO Shaft: The tractor powers the baler with the pass-through PTO shaft.

10 - Control System


Control System: The control system makes sure all the safeties are working and that the boiler always maintains it’s set operating pressure.

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The Steam is Injected into the Hay During Baling

Steam is distributed through manifolds on the baler and injected into the hay during the baling process. Steam is absorbed into the hay so quickly that it must be applied right at the baler pickup and in the feed chamber of the baler. Each steam manifold can either be controlled separately or altogether from the control screen in the tractor cab.

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Moisture is Monitored Continuously
Knowing how much steam to apply to the hay is important. We recommend using a microwave moisture sensor when baling with steam. Moisture readings are transmitted to the operator in the cab, which takes away all the guesswork.
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The Results

Higher Leaf Retention

University studies show that baling with steam cuts leaf loss by 58% compared to baling with a good natural dew. The Researchers at the University of Wisconsin performed a study on baling with steam during the day compared to baling with a good natural dew at night. They state, “steam-rehydrated bales indicated that leaf retention on the stems was superior to that of bales formed with [natural] dew rehydration.”

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Bale Weight

On average, baling with steam increases bale weight by 5-10% due to increased leaf retention. Jeff Wood, a steamer owner from Utah states, “I figure I’ve picked up at least 100-150 lbs. a bale. I used to think when I first looked at it ‘well it’s all water weight,’ but it’s not. You look at the leaf in those bales and you understand exactly where it’s coming from.”

Higher Productivity

With steam, farmers can bale quality hay whenever their hay is dry, which increases their baling window and makes them more productive. One DewPoint-equipped baler can replace 3-4 conventional balers depending on local atmospheric conditions. That means less capital, fewer maintenance expenses, and lower labor costs.

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Higher Yield

With steam you can cut more acres of hay knowing that you will be able to put it up. Being able to get the water back on the fields quicker adds valuable growing days when the weather is warmest. In some cases, our customers have gained an entire extra cutting.

Higher Quality and Consistency

Not only does the steamer increase the quality and often the value of your hay, it also allows you to make consistent hay from the first bale to the last.

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Rained-on Hay

Baling with steam will allow you to make quality hay around the clock in order to beat storms. However, if your hay does happen to get rained on, steam can dramatically improve the quality of the rained-on hay.

Improved Lifestyle

We are proud to know that the DewPoint is changing the lives of farmers all over the world. Baling with steam allows you to schedule your farming operations and your life in a more consistent and controlled manner. There is peace of mind knowing that you’re going to be able to put up your hay even if mother nature doesn’t provide natural dew.

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Higher Leaf Retention

University studies show that baling with steam cuts leaf loss by 58% compared to baling with a good natural dew. The Researchers at the University of Wisconsin performed a study on baling with steam during the day compared to baling with a good natural dew at night. They state, “steam-rehydrated bales indicated that leaf retention on the stems was superior to that of bales formed with [natural] dew rehydration.”

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Bale Weight

On average, baling with steam increases bale weight by 5-10% due to increased leaf retention. Jeff Wood, a steamer owner from Utah states, “I figure I’ve picked up at least 100-150 lbs. a bale. I used to think when I first looked at it ‘well it’s all water weight,’ but it’s not. You look at the leaf in those bales and you understand exactly where it’s coming from.”

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Higher Productivity

With steam, farmers can bale quality hay whenever their hay is dry, which increases their baling window and makes them more productive. One DewPoint-equipped baler can replace 3-4 conventional balers depending on local atmospheric conditions. That means less capital, fewer maintenance expenses, and lower labor costs.

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Higher Yield

With steam you can cut more acres of hay knowing that you will be able to put it up. Being able to get the water back on the fields quicker adds valuable growing days when the weather is warmest. In some cases, our customers have gained an entire extra cutting.

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Higher Quality and Consistency

Not only does the steamer increase the quality and often the value of your hay, it also allows you to make consistent hay from the first bale to the last.

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Rained-on Hay

Baling with steam will allow you to make quality hay around the clock in order to beat storms. However, if your hay does happen to get rained on, steam can dramatically improve the quality of the rained-on hay.

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Improved Lifestyle

We are proud to know that the DewPoint is changing the lives of farmers all over the world. Baling with steam allows you to schedule your farming operations and your life in a more consistent and controlled manner. There is peace of mind knowing that you’re going to be able to put up your hay even if mother nature doesn’t provide natural dew.

What Our Customers are Saying

Bracken Farms Part 1 – Enterprise, Utah

The Brackens tried everything from spraying water on the windrows to baling with stem moisture before they bought the steamers.


Bracken Farms Part 2 – Enterprise, Utah

The Brackens went from a 6-man crew of 4 balers and 2 water trucks, down to a 2 man operation with 2 steamers, and are able to bale 1600 acres in 3 days.


Eric Jones – Enterprise, Utah

The Jones’ purchased the DewPoint steamer after witnessing what it could do during the 72-hour challenge in Enterprise, Utah in June of 2014. They grow 1,400 acres of hay and operate 2 steamers.


Brandon Yardley – Milford, Utah

Brandon Yardley is one of the few yellow steamer owners in the country. He decided to purchase the steamer because he was tired of putting up dry hay. He figures that the steamer paid for itself in around 1 year based on bale weight alone.


Seth Menefee – Artesia, New Mexico

For the Menefees, the DewPoint has changed more than just their financials. They say that it’s good on their pocketbook and on their health. They are getting much more sleep at night and are “much happier people.”


James Sloan – La Mesa, New Mexico

James Sloan tried hard to make good hay but producing consistent hay was always a challenge. Now that he owns a steamer, he says that the consistency is unbelievable.


Ryan Schwebach – Estancia, New Mexico

To the astonishment of his neighbors, Ryan was able to get an extra cutting because of the steamer, and while his bale counts remained the same, the bale weights increased. Ryan states that the steamer paid for itself in 12 months.


Jason Brumley – Estancia, New Mexico

Jason has never put up a bale of hay without steam. The steamer has helped him utilize the short growing period by being able to put up his hay and get his water back on the fields quicker. He is now receiving a full 4th cutting while many in his valley only got a clipping.


Eric Webb – Raft River, Idaho

Eric states that the steamer is a “modern day miracle” and one of the greatest things ever invented. He says the leaf retention in steamed hay is incredible.


George Rapp – Holcomb, Kansas

After seeing a flake of steamed hay, George purchased a steamer. He says the steamer is really fun to run and that just about anyone can run it. He has no regrets about buying a steamer, and believes it will pay for itself in the first year.


Austin Nokes – Albert, Kansas

Austin says that he actually gets less sleep now with the steamer, because they don’t have to wait for the dew. He loves that you can start baling as soon as the hay is dry enough and says that it has increased his productivity tremendously.


Kevin Melvin – Greensburg, Kansas

Kevin says that he was very against the steamer at first, but he is now very glad that he was open to it. He says that the steamer is the biggest game changer that he’s ever had.


Are you interested in the DewPoint machine? One of our local product specialists would love to chat with you.

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Return on Investment
“This piece of equipment pays off faster than anything I’ve ever bought before”

“Your reduction in labor and your increase in quality on everything you produce well pays for itself”
“I don’t think there’s any way that we won’t be able to pencil out that we’ve paid for this machine this year”

“This steamer will pay for itself in the first year”

“I paid for the machine in one crop last year”

“It was around 15,000 bales, just on bale weight alone, to justify the steamer cost.”

How We Calculate Return on Investment

We can calculate the return on investment for a steamer by learning about your farm and the challenges you face. Every farm is different, but we often find it very easy to justify the cost of the steamer when you consider several factors. These factors include:
  • Increased bale weight due to higher leaf retention

  • Hay value increase

  • Added growing days

  • Crop damage due to rained-on hay or baling in too dry of conditions

Please download our Value Assessment Spreadsheet to see how the steamer could pencil out on your farm.

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DewPoint owner Ryan Schwebach talks about how the DewPoint paid for itself in 12 months

 

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