2009 - Volume #33, Issue #2, Page #03[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Rotating Incinerator Makes Quick Work Of Carcasses
"These units are designed for everyone from the livestock farmer who needs to clean up an occasional dead animal, to the vet clinic that offers pet cremation as a service," says Massey. "The T1000, our large unit, will incinerate a 200-lb. carcass in about an hour. Our smaller T150 will dispose of about 500 lbs. of chickens in two hours."
Massey's original backyard crematory (FARM SHOW Vol.29, No. 1) used a wedge-shaped, self-feeding design with a bottom burn. His new Turn-A-Nator speeds the incineration with a constant tumble of the carcass for faster and more efficient disposal.
"The turning busts up the ashes so the flame keeps hitting the carcass directly," says Massey. "As a result, it takes as little as half a gallon of diesel fuel per 100 lbs., much less than other incinerators on the market. The turning also busts up the bones, eliminating the need for a crusher."
The Turn-A-Nator, with its propane tank shape, has stationary ends with a revolving center barrel. The largest unit has a 4-ft. wide, 12-ft. long footprint. At one end, a diesel or propane-fed burner injects flame into the firebox while a fan forces extra air into the firebox for a cleaner burn. At the other end of the unit, an optional afterburner cleans up virtually all the smoke.
"You can set the time so the 1/3 hp motor rotates the firebox as fast as one revolution per minute or as slow as one per five minutes," says Massey.
The standard door on the T1000 handles a 300-lb. carcass, but Massey says it could be made large enough for a 500-lb. carcass.
The Turn-A-Nator comes in small, medium and large with the smaller T150 designed to handle 150-lb. carcasses. Prices vary from $5,900 for the smaller unit to $6,900 for the T500 and $7,900 for the larger T1000 size. An optional afterburner adds $2,000 to the cost of any size unit. Massey says he can build larger units to order.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Sammy Massey, 3760 Live Oak Road, Camilla, Georgia 31730 (ph 229 522-0413, firstname.lastname@example.org).
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