1. What happens during the cremation process? The container encasing the human remains is placed in the cremation chamber, where the temperature is raised to approximately 1400 degrees to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. After approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours, almost all of the organic matter is consumed by heat or evaporation. The remaining bone fragments are known as cremated remains. The cremated remains are then carefully removed from the cremation chamber. Any metal is removed with a magnet and later disposed of in an approved manner. The cremated remains are then processed into fine particles and are placed in a temporary container provided by the crematory or placed in an urn purchased by the family. The entire process takes approximately three hours. Throughout the cremation process, a carefully controlled labeling system ensures correct identification. We provide a temporary urn with all of our direct cremations. A permanent urn can be purchased at the time of cremation or at a later date. Often cremated remains are left in the temporary urn for many years. 2. How hot does the cremation chamber get? The optimum temperature range is 1400 degrees to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit for the cremation chamber. This varies with different cremation units. 3. How long does it take to cremate a body? Cremating at the optimum temperature (1400-1800 degrees), the average weighted remains takes 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Several more hours may be required before the cremated remains are available to the family. The cremated remains are usually cooled before the cremains are processed. http://caringcremations.com/frequently-asked-questions-cremation-process#a3
The process itself takes a matter of hours, what takes time is how busy the place is...they can get backed up and set back...my friend had to wait a week for her mother to be cremated, they were just that busy.