Top 5 Incineration Myth Busters

February 13, 2017

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there when it comes to incinerators and with many people feeling uncertain of what they actually need when in a position to purchase a incinerator, it is sometimes difficult to tell fact from fiction. 

Every day we have multiple phone calls from existing and potential customers asking the same questions that have arisen from receiving false information through researching the Internet and/or our competitors. Below are the top 5 myths that we seem to debunk everyday.

1)  Incinerators shouldn’t be opened during the burn cycle

Wrong! All of our incinerators are built to a superior engineering specification and with high quality materials to ensure easy access and continual feed of your waste. Opening the lids of our machines will not damage the interior of the machine. Our machines have been designed and manufactured to a very high standard; to withstand the affects opening and closing may have on them. Upon commissioning your machine, we will show you how to load the incinerator safely during its burn cycle and a comprehensive operating, care & maintenance manual will be provided for your peace of mind.

2) Refractory brick is stronger and more reliable than a monolithic cast lining

Wrong!  Although there are many similar chemical and physical characteristics, it has been proven through modern developments in refractory materials that monolithic lining is more reliable and durable through its continuous body and structural integrity. These are a few documented reasons why:

  • “They are more durable since building with bricks involves the use of mortars to join the bricks together, thus creating weak points in the structure (Banerjee, 1998, p. 2).”
  • “Using monolithics frequently eliminates difficult brick laying tasks, which may be accompanied by weakness in construction and provide better insulation, lower permeability and improved resistance to the spalling effects of thermal shock (Harbison-Walker , 2005, p. 28).”
  • “Monolithic refractories […] definitely provide certain advantages over brick construction in yielding joint-free, less permeable construction and in providing quicker return to service following maintenance and general ease of installation (Niessen, 2010, p. 173)”

Unlike firebricks, which have the propensity to crack and fail along the mortar lines, our solid monolithic cast does not fail. If you don’t want the inconvenience and cost of having to replace large sections of brick and mortar, then the monolithic cast system is the way to go.

3) The thicker the steel casing the more thermal efficient my incinerator will be

We have the confidence in the technology behind our solid monolithic cast and engineer the lining of our incinerators with high-grade insulation meaning that we don’t need to over fabricate with extra thick casing and linings to minimise heat loss out of the main chamber. This, in turn, means our incinerators are incredibly thermal efficient.

4) Fallen Stock Collection is cheaper than incineration.

This is not always the case. Depending on the size and type of farm you have as well as other various factors, you may find that it is more cost effective to purchase, hire or finance an on-site animal carcass incinerator. We understand that sometimes the perception of costs may dissuade you from purchasing an incinerator, however if you call us we will work with you to see if this would work for your site.

5) Low Capacity Incinerators do not usually need Planning Permission.

Do I require planning permission or not is a common question we get asked and is completely dependent on your requirements. The nature of your business determines the type of planning you may or may not need. For example if you are looking at Pet Cremation then the likelihood is you will need to consider planning permission. Be assured that this isn’t necessarily as scary as it sounds and we always make sure you get straightforward advice that could save you wasted time and money.

With over 20 years of engineering and manufacturing experience we have built up a really good understanding through our wide existing customer base of what matters to you. Understanding what our incinerators can and can’t do is important in helping you make an informative and decisive decision about which incinerator is right for your requirements.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team where we would be happy to help with all of your queries.

Works Cited

Banerjee, S. (1998). Monolithic Refractories: A Comprehensive Handbook. World Scientific Publishing.

Harbison-Walker . (2005). Handbook of Refractory Practice. Moon Township: Harbison-Walker Refractories Company.

Niessen, W. R. (2010). Combustion and Incineration Processes: Applications in Environmental Engineering (4th ed.). Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis Group.

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