Contraband Incineration

Illegal drug traffic is a growing problem in the US and abroad. Firelake has models in use that render the contraband 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.

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.

Medical Marijuana Cultivation Incinerator

Firelake will be providing a marijuana crop destruction incinerator at a newly permitted cultivation facility in Pennsylvania.   A cannabis cultivation farm is no simple undertaking.   Aside from necessary security measures the construction is being done according to FDA, Building, and NFPA code.   The primary waste burned will be unused bio parts from the plants.  Incineration will be done inside the main incineration burn chamber where high temperature is confined by refractory lined walls that are encased with coated steel sheet.  Controls allow automatic operation after the operator loads the chamber.   A second burn chamber located above the main chamber destroys any materials that exit the lower chamber.   Normal operation is quiet, odor free, and smoke free.   If you have similar needs for a medical cannabis operation Firelake would like to offer options that are economical and simple to use.

Group of Contraband Destroying Units Ship Out

Firelake designed and built a group of Model P16 contraband destroying incinerators for a Western US state’s drug enforcement department.   Seen in the pictures these heavily constructed thermal lined assemblies will be field assembled and operating within hours of arrival.   Meeting the state regulatory needs were accomplished with standard Firelake designs and controls.  Operation is simple.  Load, and the burn is started with a press of a button.  The process ends automatically and stops the burners.    Burner flame is monitored and controlled.   Heat rises and surrounds the waste materials.   Ash removal is done by side access door or from above.  The P16 has high temperature rated cast lining all the way from burn chamber to stack exit.   A stainless steel cap and screen rest at the top of the stack.   In the stack section is a Secondary Burn chamber that destroys any unburned materials leaving the lower chamber.   Stack data is available for most Firelake models.

“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.

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.

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.

Another Drug Disposal Incineration Project

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Firelake is building multiple incinerators for a drug disposal project in the US.  These incinerators offer high temperature destruction of wastes, automatic on and off operation, temperature control, ash removal door, loading door, and dual burn chambers.   All chambers are painted steel exterior and castable refractory lined.    Burners are simple design and require minimal maintenance.    Service parts are reasonably priced and available for all components.   Assembly of incinerators can be done by local contractors and Firelake is available if requested to assist and train personnel.