End of Life Considerations for Horse Rescues & Equine Vets

Equine veterinarians and horse rescues are often faced with the challenge of determining how to handle horse disposal at the end of its life.  Whether the horse dies naturally or is euthanized, the most humane and efficient ways to dispose of a horse include rendering, composting, and incineration or cremation.

Why so Many Unwanted Horses?

According to the Equine Rescue Network, over 1,000,000 horses have been shipped to slaughter since 2007. Estimates have shown that there are about 33,000 horse stalls in horse rescue organizations across the U.S., which is not enough stalls to house the growing epidemic of unwanted horses. Sadly, some horse owners realize that their horse is more wild or more expensive than what they were anticipating.  Horse rescues can save some horses from slaughter but they can only help a limited number of horses.  Often the horse rescues need to wait for one horse to die before bringing in another horse. Horses poses an additional challenge because of their size and expense but they are not the only unwanted animal. ASPCA (American Society of Prevention of Crutelty to Animals) has noted that there are roughly 1.2 million unwanted dogs and 1.4 million unwanted cats that are euthanized and disposed of each year.horse disposal, horse rescue, equine vet

Horse Disposal Options

Horse disposal is a challenge due to the large size of the animal and the cost associated with disposing of it.  Some of the main horse disposal options for horse rescue organizations and equine vets include rendering, composting, and incineration or cremation.

Rendering – There are rendering facilities across the U.S. that can dispose of animal carcasses.  However, some rendering plants do not accept horses since they are such a large animal. Another issue with rendering plants is that they do not accept horses treated with Sodium Phenobarbital (a euthanasia drug) since then they cannot use it in pet foods or animal feeds.

Burial or CompostingComposting a horse requires that you have the adequate land and location to bury a horse, and that local and state regulations allow it. A three-foot-thick bed of wood shavings is needed on the bottom of the hole, with a hole deep enough to allow for burial of the horse and three to four feet of wood shavings on top.  Composting horse carcasses rules vary from state to state and can require an additional permit so it is necessary to check with your State Veterinarian.

Incineration or Cremation – Horse cremation it is one of the most environmentally friendly solutions to horse disposal. Incineration is very fast, as the process is complete in just a matter of minutes. Ashes of the horse can be buried, sent to a landfill, or returned to an owner for a memorial. Many horse owners, equine vets and horse rescues alike prefer horse cremation as it is a tasteful way of removing of the body. Not all animal cremators can hold a whole horse, so having a large animal cremator is vital.  The price of horse cremation is often determined by the size and weight of the horse.

Are you an equine veterinarian or horse rescue organization who is interested in learning more about Firelake Manufacturing’s equine and large animal cremators? Firelake Manufacturing can answer your questions, help you locate a local dealer, and get you started.  Call us today at 800-820-3391 or contact us here.

Incinerators for Cannabis Waste Disposal Compliance

Across the United States and the world, cannabis cultivators are learning how to deal with the challenge of disposing of cannabis waste.  Marijuana farmers are required to dispose of the organic compound according to their local legislation. With the continued increase in marijuana production, it is likely that government regulations will continue to change and tighten.  Here are all the states where marijuana is legal, as of June, 2019. 

Become Compliant with Marijuana Disposal Laws

disposal marijuana waste incineratorThe Regulations for waste disposal of recreational and medical marijuana differ from state to state and continue to be written. A common thread is that after cultivation, the cannabis plant waste must be rendered unusable. Firelake Manufacturing makes incinerators to help with compliance to marijuana disposal laws. Using cannabis waste incinerators, the marijuana plant will be reduced to ash in just a matter of minutes.

Woodchipper or Shredder for Marijuana Waste Disposal

Some marijuana producers have used wood chippers or shredders to properly dispose of the marijuana waste. Similar to an incinerator, an industrial shredder for marijuana waste can handle both wet and dry waste (dry will burn faster than wet). One major setback for these options is that a wood chipper can take 1-2 days to process, and a marijuana shredder takes 3-4 hours.  But the incinerator destroys the marijuana waste to ash in just a matter of minutes.  With an incinerator, the user also doesn’t have to deal with challenges such clogs or build-up.

Many states report… Failure to meet marijuana waste disposal requirements can lead to monetary fines up to $15,000 and/or the cancellation of the business’s marijuana license.

Why use Incinerators for Cannabis Waste Disposal?

  • Efficiently turns cannabis waste into ash in matter of minutes
  • Incineration results in a 90-98% reduction of the material incinerated
  • The ash is sterile and can be disposed in the trash can or composted in the field
  • Cleaner than most forms of emission and the emission data on other forms of waste in Firelake equipment is on average 95-98% below the allowed level of emission (or at 2-5% of the allowed emission)
  • No ground contamination
  • No water contamination
  • Easy to operate and maintain
  • We fit the client with the proper size equipment to match the business needs
  • Many model sizes and options to choose from

Are you interested in learning more about Firelake Manufacturing’s incinerators for cannabis waste disposal? Learn more about our cannabis waste incinerators here. Firelake Manufacturing can answer your questions, help you locate a local dealer, and get you started.  Call us today at 800-820-3391 or contact us here.

Marijuana Incinerators for Police Drug Disposal

police drug disposalFirelake Manufacturing has drug disposal incinerators to help the Law Enforcement, Legal Justice Centers, and DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) to dispose of confiscated illicit drugs such as marijuana.

When illegal drugs are seized, a challenge that follows for the police officers is determining how to dispose of the drugs. Some police drug disposal procedures consist of bringing the marijuana or other narcotics to a state-approved facility to dispose of the narcotics. In some cases, this may be a law enforcement owned drug disposal incinerator. Other times the police drug disposal may be a local Municipal Solid Waste Facility.  When the proper law enforcement drug disposal is not available, often local police departments have to wait for the DEA to come around to provide destruction instruction.

When Law Enforcement has a marijuana incinerator on-site or available to their police department through shared resources, it makes the process of disposing of narcotics and medical prescription drugs quick and easy.   Large drug busts can result in massive amounts of narcotics being confiscated.

Benefits of Firelake’s Drug Disposal Incinerators

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  • Dispose of confiscated drugs quickly (reduced to black ash in a matter of minutes)
  • Eliminate the need to store the drugs (when they are not evidence)
  • Keeps drugs off the street with a timely and planned disposal plan
  • Normal operation of the drug disposal incinerator is quiet, odor-free, and smoke-free
  • Drug disposal incinerator is environmentally safe and compliant with the FDA, building, and NFPA codes

Are you interested in learning more about Firelake Manufacturing’s incinerators for police and law enforcement? Learn more about our drug disposal incinerators for narcotics and prescription drugs here. Firelake Manufacturing can answer your questions, help you locate a local dealer, and get you started.  Call us today at 800-820-3391 or contact us here.


Cremation Options for Dead Horse Removal

When it is time to properly dispose of a large animal such as a dead horse, horse owners and ranch owners have limited options for disposal of an equine carcass. Options for dead horse disposal vary by location but can include burial, composting, rendering, and cremation/incineration.  At Firelake Manufacturing, we manufacture cremators and incinerators that can be used for large animals such as horses.

Dead Horse Removal Options

dead horse removal, large animal incineratorBurial & Landfills – Horse burial options vary from state to state, and even within the state.  There are also laws as to where the horse can be buried and how deep. Not all municipal landfills accept animals or horses, specifically.

Composting – Composting can take 9-10 months and is available in certain areas. Contact your state’s Department of Agriculture for more information.

Rendering – With rendering, horse carcasses are “cooked” into end products used for animal feeds. Not all states have rendering plants, and they are more common in the Midwest.

Cremation or Incineration – Horse cremation is an environmentally friendly way to handle dead horse removal. Since bringing your dead horse to a crematory can cost $600-$1000, ranch owners often choose to invest in their own cremation or incinerator to make horse removal affordable and efficient.

Still looking for horse removal options in your area? Click here for resources for making a humane decision end of life decision for your horse. 

Horse Cremation Service Providers Needed

If you are a vet clinic or pet crematory, have you considered adding large animal or horse cremation to your services?  There are limited options for horse owners to humanely dispose of their horse, and you could provide a valuable service to people who want to honor their companion.  Many crematoriums are for smaller pets and are not be able to cremate a whole horse. If whole horse cremation is not available in your area, this may be an opportunity for veterinarians to provide large animal cremation.

Firelake Manufacturing provides large animal cremators which can accommodate a whole horse. These cremations products serve the needs of ranch owners, pet crematories, and veterinary clinics, and more.

Interested in learning more about dead horse removal and horse cremation? Click here to read about our large animal incinerators. Firelake Manufacturing can answer your questions, help you locate a local dealer, and get you started.  Call us today at 800-820-3391or contact us here.

Equine and Large Animal Cremator

Crematory p50-3g-sc2Firelake has been working with university and private firms to help with horse, cow, and other large animal cremation needs.  Cremators have to be accessible yet large enough to accept the animal with minimal effort.  Top loading models are convenient for suspended loading such as when slings or buckets are used.  Remains are normally pulled from a side after the cycle is done.  Firelake has options from 50 cubic feet to 225 cubic feet in load capacity.  Fuel options are NG, LP, and diesel.  Low electrical demand allows most models to be operated on a low amp single 120 volt or 220 volt feed.  Stainless steel options are available as well as optional chamber linings and many afterburner configurations.  

Contraband Incineration

Illegal drug traffic is a growing problem in the US and abroad. Firelake Manufacturing has incinerators for contraband in use that render the marijuana, pills, or other illegal drugs to ashes as shown in the photos from a recent install.  Automatically controlled burners attack the waste from multiple sides.  Secondary burn chambers are available in many sizes.  Operation is simple, preheat, load, press START.  A few hours later the materials were broken down into ashes.

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General Waste Incinerator for Remote Island


Firelake Incineration has again been contracted to fabricate a waste disposal incinerator.  Food products and other wastes will be destroyed within the large chambered unit using diesel burners and fans.  The incinerator will be shipped from Firelake in April and barged to a remote island shortly after.  A large secondary chamber will be reducing the flue gas stream coming from the main burn chamber.   Controls on the incinerator are simple yet effective.  Two thermocouples are mounted in the chambers to monitor heat and control burners and fans.   Heavy construction with sheet steel and cast refractory assures containment.   Ash removal is from the side or top.   Ease of assembly is common among Firelake products.  Most customers can assemble the incinerator in the morning and fire the first waste load in the afternoon.   Firelake has many options for incinerators.  As a potential customer we invite you to ask us about your application.  The best performance at the best price is our goal.

Firelake Cannabis Incinerator

Complete destruction of waste cannabis products is achieved with many models of Firelake incinerators.  Only a matter of minutes is required to reduce the mass in to a black ash.   Temperatures can be adjusted as well as burner fuel flows to achieve optimum performance.  Sealed doors and thick cast refractory walls contain the waste, heat, and odors until combustion is complete.   Firelake makes many sizes and options for your needs.   Contact us for details and price budgeting. 

Contraband Incinerator Ready for Startup

A contraband disposal site in Georgia is using a Firelake Model P50 to destroy illegal substances.  Waste materials will be broken down to fine ash or very brittle unrecognizable remains.  The top loading multiburner incinerator has a large capacity primary chamber and a secondary burn chamber to eliminate chamber smoke.  Temperature control of the lower burners is done by monitoring the stack gas.   The P50 has a heavy steel case lined with 4 inches of cast refractory.   High temperature paint covers all external surfaces.  Stainless perforated sheet is used to cap the stack exit.   Many years of service is anticipated for the patrol officers.

Incinerators, Cremators, Firelake Manufacturing

1924. Yes, ninety-three years ago IBM was founded and J. Edgar Hoover was placed in charge at the FBI.  Firelake has a history tracing back that far.   What have we done?  Designed, tested, built, sold, and serviced combustion equipment for a significant part of that time.  Many dozens of models and hundreds of features have been introduced to the world.  Products fit the agricultural market, medical market, waste disposal market, laboratories, factories, airports, ships, oil fields, and more.   We have customers in biotechnology using them for dryers.  Cremators are Incinerators and inversely.  We have many sizes for most applications in the small and mid-sized market.   Firelake offers burners that use propane, natural gas, and diesel.   At Firelake we have designed specific purpose models to meet the characteristics of different waste streams.  Firelake offers A, C, P, and X models to match your waste or animal types.   Some of our competition started in the farm disposal business to dispose of poultry and decided to market those designs as medical waste and veterinary machines.   The performance of models not designed for the waste at hand do not work as well, plain and simple.  Emissions, heat release, operating ease are some of the areas these all encompassing marketers fall short.     Firelake offers no charge assistance for customers completing permits for local air agencies.   We do custom designs often at no extra charge.  The products we offer return revenue to your business.  Contact us with your plans and we will suggest a model to match your need.   If the situation does not justify selling you our equipment we will tell you.