The patented Heat-R-Sand keeps sand from freezing and provides hot water. Custom built to size, it can be placed on the ground or on a trailer. It heats water by an element plugged into a 220V electrical outlet. Cover it with sand, plug it in over night, adjust the thermostat to the desired temperature, and the heat from the tank radiates up through the sand. Use the dip tower to get hot water for mixing. Push Button Masonry, 563-580-3477.

The 2009 Most Innovative Products (MIP) contest, held in concert with World of Concrete, showcases innovation in the concrete and masonry construction industry. A total of 100 entries in 14 categories were submitted. Each entry was reviewed for their unique attributes and contributions to the concrete industry by the readers of Concrete Construction, Concrete & Masonry Construction Products, Masonry Construction, and The Concrete Producer; World of Concrete attendees; and a panel of industry experts.

Combining the results from text messaging and online ballots as well as expert feedback, this is one of the 2009 MIP winners relevant to Concrete Construction.