When most people open a big bag of charcoal briquettes in preparation for a summer barbeque, few probably think about the importance of cyclone dust collectors in the manufacturing process. The briquettes are produced by combining fine granules of charcoal with a natural binding agent and water. Then, the material is extruded to form cylindrical, square or hexagonal shapes. To complete the binding process, the newly formed briquettes must be dried to significantly reduce their moisture content, and then cooled completely before packaging and shipping to distributors. During mixing or extrusion, charcoal dust may become airborne. (Dust may become airborne even earlier in the process when carbonized wood (char) is pulverized during charcoal production.)
To minimize damage to the environment and health risks to personnel, charcoal processing plants use reliable, low-maintenance cyclone dust collectors, which help reduce and control airborne charcoal dust. High-efficiency cyclone dust collectors use centrifugal force to push charcoal particles to the chamber walls. As they lose their momentum, gravity pulls the particles for collection in the hopper located at the bottom of the chamber. To learn more about this technology, take a look at this diagram of one of our cyclone dust collectors. And remember, when you’re getting ready to fire up the grill this summer, you can thank cyclonic dust collectors for the role they play in making charcoal.