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Smoke treatment advice

Bradleysteenkamp

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Dec 19, 2012
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Hello,

We currently roast on a 25kg Joper BPR machine with no afterburner. We are in a rural location on an industrial estate but have two houses within 100m of our unit. Unfortunately one of those residents has complain about a 'burnt toast' smell to the council and they are now investigating is it indeed a nuisance. It appears the law is on the side of the resident but as their house is 100m away from the property I can't see how it is that much of a nuisance.

Anyway we need to investigate ways to reduce the smell and I really don't want to invest £15000 to purchase an afterbuner just to satisfy one person. It's a waste of money, gas and would double our CO2 output.

Does anyone have any advice on smell reduction using electrostatic filters or other methods? My first plan is to increase the chimney height and to change the cap to see if we can get the smoke to rise to a higher level. But I'm still concerned the council may give us no option but to look at other more effective forms of treatment.

Thanks
Bradley
 

JumpinJakJava

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I am sorry I cannot answer to the efficiency of electrostatic filtering. But have you considered doing your roasting in the wee hours of the morning while your neighbors are sleeping? I know this is a may be a major inconvenience but it would most likely save the expenses you are looking at. I have never been to the UK, but understand your days often are overcast and this will certainly suppress the release of smoke into the atmosphere. So I do not think extending the stack or modifying the cap will help much. Hope you get a cost effective resolution.
 

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Bradleysteenkamp

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Thanks for the information.

Yes roasting early morning would definitely help but unfortunately (in a good way!) we roast 4 days per week for 5 hours so it would be really draining to have to do all of that between 3am and 8am. But it would sold the problem!
 
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