There are people who agree that ash is not the right word for referring to cremation remains. This is true to some extent because after cremation, what remains is actually afine gravel-like material that is grayish in color. There are series of steps that are involved in cremation of the body. Most modern crematories usually store bodies in cool rooms that are temperature-controlled. The bodies stay in this room pending approval for cremation. Prior to cremation, the signature of a coroner is required to ensure that no investigation is necessary because after the body is incinerated, it cannot be retrieved for inquiry purposes.
Body preparation involves removal of pacemakers because they explode when exposed to heat. Other things such as radioactive cancer seeds (for treatment purposes) usually injected or implanted in the body also have to be removed from the body. The body is placed into a casket material that is made of flammable product such as cardboard or plywood.
After the body has been properly put in the casket material, incineration follows. There are various way of incinerating the body. You can watch while the body is being incinerated from an incinerator window. In the case of Hindu culture, you are allowed to initiate cremation by pressing the incineration button.
Once the body is in the casket material, it is put in an incinerator that has been preheated to just about 590 degrees Celsius. The incinerator has mechanized doors, which have to be opened to allow the casket material to be slipped through for body cremation. The casket material accesses the primary cremation chamber by slipping briskly from a rack of metal pins that roll continuously. When the casket material is in place, the doors are closed and the bodyis subjected to a fierce column of flame that basically focuses on the torso. As the heat ignites the casket material, the body (composed of 70 % of water) dries up. The soft tissues start to tighten and burn until they eventually vaporize from the heat.
Body reaction to heat
With the time, the body skin loses colors and becomes waxy. As the heat rages on, the skin blisters and splits. At this point, the body muscles start to char as they flex and extend the limbs while tightening. The bones are actually the last part of the body to go down in flames. Too much exposure to heat calcifies the bones to a point of crumbling. The burning goes for several hours until all that is left of the body is ash.
On average, a human body that has received cremation services in Cheshire CT will be ready after 2-3 hours of incineration. In addition, it will produce an average of 4-10 pounds of ash after cremation. More often than not, the amount of ash produced after incineration largely depends on the bone structure of a person and not his or her weight. In essence, that is all that goes down in the incineration chamber when the body is being cremated.