The fuel tank on a poultry house flame sanitizer holds one hundred gallons of propane.
The poultry house sanitizer attaches to the three point hitch of your tractor and has six LT 2 x 8 Liquid Propane torches under an insulated steel hood. When operating the poultry house sanitizer, the temperature on the outside of the hood is generally around 2 – 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Under the hood the temperature is anywhere from 1400 – 2050 degrees Fahrenheit.
That heat works to remove moisture, pathogens, insects and their eggs and larvae as well as a whole lot of ammonia.
How long will a tank of propane last when sanitizing your poultry house?
We have seen fuel consumption of approximately 25 gallons when flaming a 40’ x 500’ house with the tractor moving at ½ mile per hour.
Using 25 gallons (a quarter tank) of propane for a 20,000 square foot poultry house equals 1.25 gallons per 1000 square feet.
At $2.00 per gallon for propane, your looking at $2.50 per 1000 square feet.
That's 0.0025 cents per square foot!
A grower I know once told me that he spent $225.00 for wind rowing, $250.00 for A7 in the starting end, plus $75.00 for insecticide.
That’s $550.00 of his hard earned dollars.
If you are paying $2.00 per gallon for propane, even if you are flame sanitizing your house twice after each flock, that would still be a $450.00 savings over the over those chemical applications!
Growers are significantly reducing or eliminating the use of chemicals in their poultry houses and seeing a return on investment on the purchase of their poultry house sanitizer within a year and a half based on cost savings for chemical treatments.
Profit considerations from using a poultry house sanitizer:
- Better feed conversion
- Reduced mortality
- Reduced heating and electricity cost due to the fact that you do not have to ventilate to get rid of ammonia as much in the colder times of year.
- Reduced or eliminated use of acid based chemicals that can corode metal surfaces and affect bird health.
- Bonus payouts
Less dollars out for more dollars in = a good business decision.