2009 - Volume #33, Issue #5, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Customized Incinerators Meet Highest Standards
"We are building one now that will be portable with its own generator system and mounted on an air-ride trailer," says Lewis. "It will be 5 by 5 by 12 ft., big enough to hold two 2,500-lb. bulls."
Most of the incinerators Lewis builds are smaller and intended for pet cremation or for use by large poultry and livestock operations, vet clinics and research labs. Stock models range from a 60 by 37 by 33-in. model that's priced at $4,595 to a 95 by 37 by 33-in. unit priced at $6,395. All are fueled by diesel fuel.
Afterburners, which are required for use with animals that have been medicated or X-rayed, raise the incinerator prices to $6,995 and $9,100, respectively. The afterburners eliminate odor and particulates and ensure minimal residue and smoke. They also ensure that maximum temperatures are achieved to meet federal guidelines before emissions are released into the atmosphere.
All units have cad cell eyes that sense the flame. If flame failure occurs during startup or during the run cycle, the unit will shut off within 15 seconds of flame out. This avoids fuel continuing to be pumped into a non-burning chamber.
"All my incinerators will burn at 1,800 to 2,000 degrees, which is hotter than any other incinerator on the market," says Lewis. "The outside temperature reaches only 250 to 300 degrees, so you can re-load during or immediately after the burning process."
The firebrick-lined interior offers longer life for the incinerator, and double-welded seams prevent leaking of fluids. An optional boom makes loading faster and easier.
Lewis says a 600-lb. sow can be reduced to two scoop shovels of ashes in a few hours. He estimates that once in operation, the incinerator can dispose of up to 150 lbs. of dead animals per hour.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Larry Lewis Livestock Incinerator, 3045 Snyder Ave., Cedar, Iowa 52543 (ph 641 933-4762 or 800 933-4761).
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