Funeral Industry-Bio Cremation Machine Placed by 09.30.2010-Your Funeral Guy

10 Sep
St. Petersburg (Florida) by SPOT Satellite
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A Bio cremation machine (resomation), alkaline hydrolysis disposition  machine is suppose to  be in place  in St Petersburg, Florida by September 30th, 2010

This is according to Bill McQueen owner of  Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home in St. Petersburg Florida. This information is posted at the Mathews Cremation at their Bio Cremation Website.

Bio cremation or green cremation will revolutionize  funerals and cremation if it is brought to the consumer at a reasonable price point.

Snippet from  A Matthews Cremation Bio- Cremation  Article

Bill MCQueen…said that equipment is waiting in Orlando for delivery and installation and he expects .. the Bio Cremation Unit to be to be installed and operational unit by September 30th……It will be installed in our existing Facility at 7829 38th North Ave, St Petersburg, Florida

via Matthew’s Bio Cremation Site  American Funeral Director Article

My sources tell me the that the machine is going into a one car garage. The base price of the Machine is $397, 000 USD  McQueen states in the article that his costs including installation and auxillary equipment are $450,000 USD.

It is explained in the article that bio cremation will be offered as premium service more expensive than a traditional cremation.

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Alkaline hydrolysis Disposition does not have to cost more than cremation. Other names for the process are green cremation, aquamation, water resolution, water cremation and natural cremation. The technology being this process is clearly low tech and a machine can be manufactured and tested by many companies.

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3 Responses to “Funeral Industry-Bio Cremation Machine Placed by 09.30.2010-Your Funeral Guy”

  1. cycledlife September 11, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

    Caveat emptor.

    Bill McQueen invested $450,000 to be able to offer families the option for alkaline hydrolysis disposition. He purchased a high-temperature system, old technology by today’s standards. CycledLife’s state-of-the-art alkaline hydrolysis systems sell for $128,000, or less than $140,000 all in. Email us to request a spreadsheet to model an investment of $450,000 versus $140,000, e-mail:

    We wish Bill McQueen the best and applaud his decision to offer families a better final disposition option than either an unsterile burial or cremation.

  2. yourfuneralguy September 12, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home does need to be applauded for putting the Alkaline hydrolysis machine in their facility.

    The price point does not have to be at a premium. The Price should be at such that is lower than fire cremation. At the low price the machine can be quickly paid for.

    Marketing the process as a premium service, may not be the best plan.

  3. cycledlife September 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

    True. The price point does not have to be at a premium, if they are willing to accept lower margins on alkaline hydrolysis dispositions than for cremations.

    The actual cost of chemical (CH4 or C3H8) for a cremation is about $50, $5 per case towards re-bricking, plus an amount allocated to recoup the total investment in the equipment cost (estimated at $140,000 per crematory). The equipment allocation works out to $170 per cremation at the rate of 150 cremations per year. The cost of an alkaline hydrolysis disposition for the chemical (KOH), water, and energy is about 50% less than for a cremation. There is an enormous difference in allocation of the cost of the equipment in the system purchased by Anderson McQueen and our CycledBurial™ systems.

    A system that cost $450,000, over 3 times more than the cost of a crematory, does not readily allow for the cost of an alkaline hydrolysis disposition to a consumer to be competitive with cremation.

    With a CycledBurial™ system from CycledLife, the funeral consumer and the owner of the alkaline hydrolysis system would benefit.

    Matthews’s system: $450,000 all in.

    CycledLife’s CycledBurial™ system: $140,000 all in.

    Matthews: $550 allocation per case to recoup $450,000 investment at the rate of 150 cases per year. Total cost of the process and allocation for the equipment: $575.00.

    CycledBurial™: $170 allocation per case to recoup $140,000 investment at the rate of 150 cases per year. Total cost of the process and allocation for the equipment: $195.00

    Cremation: total cost of the process and allocation for the equipment: $225.00

    On September 10, 2010, Steven Schaal, Matthews’ President – North American Region, told a group of funeral directors at the COFDA’s convention that their research shows the tipping point is an extra $600 for an alkaline hydrolysis disposition compared to cremation. For Anderson McQueens’ sake, let’s hope Matthews’ research is right.

    Based on third-party market research, only 17% of the population will pay more for a product or service that is more ecological. However, over 92% of the population would pay the same or less for more ecological products and services. This is great news for those considering purchasing an alkaline hydrolysis system that would enable them to compete with the cost of cremation at the same or lower price point.

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