Creative Savings on Firelake Incinerators

Have you been thinking of starting a cremation business for animals or on-site waste disposal?  The price of buying equipment can make that decision difficult.  Initial cost to get in the business can be softened by using readily available payment options.  This leaves your cash free to use for other supplies and payroll.   Firelake has examples of payback experienced by other customers.   With a moderate amount of monthly cremations our incineration equipment typically can be paid for in around two years.   Firelake has quality units under $8,000 that easily fit in to a small shed or corner of a room.   Stack gas data is available on many models if your area requires such.   Firelake always offers no charge permitting assistance.    EXAMPLE: Assuming 200 animals a year and doing multiple individuals at one batch you can net $10,000 income a year.   A small cremator could be paid off.   Contact Firelake to discuss numbers.   Have your prices for LP, NG, or diesel available and estimates for animals per year and the going rate per animal in your area.   We will help size a unit and estimate a payback time.

We Have Incineration Cremation Dedication

Do you take spending money seriously?   At Firelake we take incineration and cremation so serious it is the core of our business.   Everyday is focused on incinerating and cremating.  We have roots in the business dating back over 40 years.   Our standard product line has over 23 models available plus numerous operational and fabrication options to add to each.   Popular markets in 2017 are drug disposal, pet cremation, export medical waste, and remote camp waste disposal.   Active projects reach across the U.S., Canada, and in to other countries.   Our factory is finishing a 600 pound model for a Canadian customer.   A permit to operate a Firelake incinerator has just been approved in Ohio, and the next step is releasing a purchase order.  A Firelake Pro-model was specified for a drug disposal project in a Southern coastal city.   Firelake incinerators are being reviewed by cannabis farming industry consultants with potential to specify Firelake as the choice of on-site waste disposal.  A new ergonomic design cremation unit is under development in R&D.   A large volume model is being budgeted for contraband disposal in Central America.  In Pennsylvania and New Jersey animal hospitals are planning to offer ash return services to customers.  In Nebraska a new site is being built to house a Firelake Pro model.  These are just some of the examples of current activity at Firelake.    Do you take your business seriously?  Firelake may have a cash generator for you.   Call or email us.

“Cremator Selection for Dummies”

Have you ever seen or read any of the popular instructional books of that series?    Not everyone is a master of all knowledge.   If you are considering a purchase of an incinerator or cremator answer these few questions and be better informed to make a decision.

What is the difference between an incinerator and a cremator?   The spelling.   The physical difference and operation is the same.   One term may be more or less appealing than the other.   Terminology may make a difference if a permit is to be filed to operate.

Are they a cost burden to my business?  Probably not.   We often hear it becomes the best employee they have.   Every time they use it they make money.   Savings is generated by doing on-site waste disposal, or cash flow is generated by returning pet remains to grieved customers.

Is there special skill needed to operate one properly?   No.  Your current staff can learn to use one in a few hours.   Operation is simple, load, close, press start, return later and remove ash.    After a couple days most people are very competent.

What is a good product design?   Rules of thumb: Steel cased models with a poured refractory lining is best.  Models with grates are better than models that have the load resting on the floor of the chamber.   Models with single burners located at the entry of the stacking are best, this reburns smoke or gasses before exiting the chamber.   Multichamber burner models provide reburn opportunity of flue gas and are normally better than single chamber units.   Fuel selection is not a concern, use what is least costly in your area.   Firelake offers LP, Natural gas, and Diesel versions.

Does operating temperature make a difference?  Normally the least cost to operate is to run at just enough temperature to cleanly burn off the waste stream.   Any attempt to operate at greater temperature will add to equipment cost and consume more fuel.   If the local authorities require a certain temperature then you may have to comply to obtain a permit to operate.

More questions ?    Call or email Firelake.   We will be happy to explain our equipment, what is needed to get a machine installed, and how to operate it in a few simple steps.   The payback will start on the first run.

Low Cost Pet Cremation, Quick Payoff

Last month our posting detailed the cost to operate, and revenue from a P model Firelake pet cremation system.  That scenario is economically attractive for md-sized and larger clinics but in this posting a smaller less cost model commonly used in smaller rural clinics will be detailed.    These smaller Firelake “A” models have found niches in small volume clinics.    The A series cremators have many features and options available to them but let’s look at a standard set-up.   The numbers are rounded off for simplicity:   Cremator price $6,000.    Life of cremator 15 years.   Assume $1200/yr for 5 years to pay it off.    Assume 2 animal cremation per week, 104/year charging $100 per animal.   This grosses $10,400.   Assume to process one animal requires 5 hours of fuel and electric, some labor to load/unload, and a an allowance for maintenance all total of $50 per animal.    The 104 animals x $50 per animal = $5,200 in operating costs.   Add $1,200 to pay of cremator that year.     $10,400 – $5,200 – $1,200 = $4,000 net per year for first five years, then $5,200 net per year for years 6 through 15.         Want a better return from that Firelake cremator?   Use our animal separation trays and process multiple animals per load to cut the operating cost in half or more.   Substitute your numbers and see what you are missing.   Call us to help.

The Cost of Delaying a Pet Cremator Purchase

A common story is heard a few months after a customer has been using a Firelake Cremator.   The words change but the meaning is the same.   The owner reviews their cash flow and expenses then realize they were losing income every day they did not have the cremator operating at their site.   Here is a simple way to show an example based from a real story.   The numbers are rounded off for simplicity:   Cremator price $20,000.    Life of cremator 15 years.   Assume $4000/yr for 5 years to pay it off.    Assume 1 animal cremation per two days, 180/year charging $150 per animal.   This grosses $27,000.   Assume to process one animal requires 5 hours of fuel and electric, some labor to load/unload, and a an allowance for maintenance all total of $100 per animal.    The 180 animals x $100 per animal = $18,000 in operating costs.   Add $4000 to pay of cremator that year.     $27,000 – $18,000 – $4000 = $5,000 net per year for first five years, then $9,000 net per year for years 6 through 15.         Want a better return?   Use our animal separation trays and process two animals per load to cut the $18,000 operating cost in half.   Now the equation is $27,000 – $9,000 – $4000 = $14,000 net per year for first five years, then $18,000 per year for years 6 through 15.       Are you willing to postpone that decision longer?   Look at our well made safe to operate models.    Don’t be tempted by low priced safety compromised substitutes.   Not all cremation systems are the same.   Tell us your situation, we can do some math with you.   Your numbers may be more profitable.   Firelake has been making cremation models for decades, have you started making a profit with one?

Michigan Veterinarian Obtains Cremator Permit

Firelake IncineratorFirelake worked with the Michigan DEQ and Firelake’s equipment distributor to gain approval to install and operate a model P16 animal crematorium.  This gas fired unit is an automatic run and stop system requiring only loading and pressing the “START” button.   In a few hours a single animal, multiple single animals, or a mass cremation will be complete and awaiting removal of the remains.  The P16 design has grates to promote quicker cremation then allow the ash to drop in to the lower chamber where an ash door can be used to pull the ash out, or if trays were used, the individual ash may be removed from above.   Reloading can be immediate with proper protective gear to prevent exposure to hot surfaces.

State Testing Incinerator Certification

unnamed1 unnamed Firelake’s experienced technical crew built and pretested the Model P50 incinerator then contracted a third party stack testing agency to officially measure flue gas content.   Many states require a specific test to be done and the flue gas to meet established requirements.  It was a cool Minnesota day on test day, well in to the negative temperatures and breezy.    The P50 burned without visible smoke and with very low CO levels.   Stack testing is a serious project.   It is expensive and unforgiving.   Many states require different testing procedures.   The test process is a complicated adventure.   If you have questions about permits and requirements contact us.    We will help you sort out the best path to get you an incinerator and a permit from local authorities.   Some areas do not require permits but it is always best to contact your local environmental agency at county or state level.

What Is a Good Incinerator?

Incinerator A400xIs your decision based on performance or budget or both?   Let’s look at price, performance, and design.  Firelake designs and builds various models that have many options available.   Basic design features may include refractory linings, grates, a secondary burn chamber, or temperature control.  Refractory lining protects the outer steel shell, retains heat inside and thus saves energy.   Linings allow an incinerator to have a longer life, and for safety they have cooler external surfaces.   Hard linings will resist wear and degeneration from chemicals in wastes.   Grates allow the load to rest above the flame exposing 100% of the surface area to heat allowing a faster burn time and the ability to destroy grease as it forms and drops.    Models without grates are less expensive and will work a different way.   The load is only attacked from the top surface and may tend to pool grease that ignites mid-burn and create smoke or back pressure for a brief time.   Secondary burn chambers are designed to further clean the flue gas as it exits the lower chamber.   A secondary chamber has a burner / fan thus adding expense beyond a basic single chamber incineration unit.   Temperature control monitors temperature in a chamber and reduces fuel flow to moderate maximum temperature and save fuel.   Simpler incinerators without temperature control are less expensive.   They operate by an on – off timer that runs the burners the full burn cycle.   Firelake can offer additional details upon request.    Compare Firelake to the others and see why your investment is better with Firelake.

Quality Incineration is Affordable, Not Cheap

Firelake chamber This is Firelake design, contained heat and flame.

 open flame open flame burner These are not a Firelake design.  Firelake does not want to expose operators to flame and heat.  . Looking for a product to reduce volume of waste, destroy it for bio-security, or protect proprietary information?   The process to see if a Firelake incinerator is practical for your needs is very simple.  Answer a few questions:  Do you intend to have a good working incinerator beyond a few years service?  Is a safe incinerator desired?  Is it important to have technical phone service available when there is a problem?  Do you wish to comply with local rules and obtain a permit to avoid fines?     If you answered yes then look at a Firelake incinerator and talk to a Firelake dealer about your application.   Firelake has learned after many decades of experience to make equipment that works and is safe for operators.   Firelake makes models that are lined with refractory to keep internal heat away from exterior surfaces and extend the life of your investment.   Standard components on Firelake are modern commercial burners and fans that are designed for rugged use.   Incinerators of Firelake design are contained burn models.   Firelake models are not powered by placing wood or other trash inside the chamber to light on fire to start the burn process.   Firelake burners have safety agency approved burners and controls with power fans to create an aggressive flame against the waste load.   These burners will start and stop automatically after the operator presses the start button.    Compare Firelake to other brands and see the advantage you get for your money.

Pet Cremator Durability, Another Firelake Unit

unnamed3 unnamed2 Is 20 or more years of cremation service of interest to your investment?   Firelake designs and builds many models that have lasted many years in the field.   Shown is a tenured P25 unit operating in the western U.S.   The model is gas fired, top loading, and has a swing out lower ash door.   The control panel stands to the left side of the main chamber where the operator starts the cremation process.  Control is automatic, the operator flips the start button, and walks away.   The machine displays temperature and manages all combustion, then stops the cremation process automatically.   The operator returns later to remove the white fine ash remains.   See the Product Technical Sheet under our Products tab.   A pdf file is available for all models.   Let us help you select a model that will get your work done.