FEECO Rotary Kilns

FEECO is a leading manufacturer of highly engineered rotary kilns for processing solids. Our high temperature kilns have earned a reputation for their durability, efficiency, and longevity. System options include:

  • Parallel or Counter Current flow
  • Optimized Refractory Lining Solutions (multiple layers, castable, brick)
  • Direct-Fired or Indirect-Fired
  • Various Drive Assemblies Available


Automated with Rockwell Automation

All FEECO equipment and process systems can be outfitted with the latest in automation controls from Rockwell Automation. The unique combination of proprietary Rockwell Automation controls and software, combined with our extensive experience in process design and enhancements with hundreds of materials provides an unparalleled experience for customers seeking innovative process solutions and equipment.

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In addition to the rotary kiln itself, FEECO can supply a complete system with services, including:

  • Material Handling
  • Agglomeration
  • Drying
  • Afterburner / SCC
  • Quench Tower
  • Baghouse / Scrubber
  • Acid Gas Removal
  • Product Cooling
  • Field Assistance / Installation
  • Field Assistance / Start-up

Rotary Kiln Construction

Direct-Fired Kiln

The image below shows the standard components of a direct-fired rotary kiln. Click image to view larger.

Mechanical Construction of a Rotary Kiln (3D Rotary Kiln by FEECO International)

Rotary Kiln Components & Parts


  • A – Discharge Breeching
  • B – Riding Ring/Tire
  • C – Refractory Lining
  • D – Gear/Sprocket Guard
  • E – Counter Current Exhaust System
  • F – Inlet Chute
  • G – Inlet Breeching
  • H – Leaf Seal
  • I – Drive Base
  • J – Drive Chain
  • K – Pinion/Drive Sprocket
  • L – Pillow Block Bearing
  • M – Gear Reducer
  • N – Girth Sprocket
  • O – Drive Motor
  • P – Trunnion Base
  • Q – Drum Shell Riding Ring
  • R – Graphite Block Lubrication Assembly
  • S – Trunnion Wheel
  • T – Trunnion Guard
  • U – Pillow Block Bearing
  • V – Thrust Roller Assembly
  • W – Discharge Chute
  • X – Burner


Indirect-Fired Kiln

The image below shows the standard components of an indirect-fired rotary kiln. Click image to view larger.

Mechanical Construction of an Indirect Rotary Kiln (3D Indirect Rotary Kiln by FEECO International)

Indirect Kiln Components & Parts
  • A – Material Inlet
  • B – Gear/Sprocket Guard
  • C – Riding Ring
  • D – Furnace
  • E – Exhaust Vent(s)
  • F – Air Seal
  • G – Spring/Leaf Seal
  • H – Seal Mounting Flange
  • I – Seal Wear Surface
  • J – Discharge Breeching
  • K – Gas and Air Piping
  • L – Burners
  • M – Advancing Flights
  • N – Inlet Breeching
Download our FREE Rotary Kiln Design Handbook

Download the FREE Rotary Kiln Design Handbook

Rotary Kiln Applications & Materials

Rotary kilns are versatile thermal processing machines capable of processing a wide variety of materials. Common applications are for both direct-fired kilns and indirect-fired kilns are listed below.


Calcination refers to the process of heating a material to a temperature that will cause chemical dissociation (chemical separation). This process is used frequently in the creation of inorganic materials, for example, the dissociation of calcium carbonate to create calcium oxide and carbon dioxide.


Thermal desorption is also a separation process. This process uses heat to drive off a volatile component, such as a pesticide, from an inorganic mineral, such as sand. The component is vaporized at the increased temperature, causing a separation without combustion. In some cases, an indirect rotary kiln would be best for this application, because the volatile chemicals may be combustible. The indirect kiln will supply the heat for desorption, without the material coming into direct contact with the flame.


Organic combustion refers to the treatment of organic wastes with the intent of reducing mass and volume. Organic waste is treated in the kiln, leaving behind an ash with considerably less mass and volume. This allows for more efficient and effective deposit of waste materials into landfills.


Sintering is the process of heating a raw material to the point just before melting. This increases the strength of the material, and is commonly used in the proppant industry, where sand or ceramic materials are made stronger.


Heat setting involves bonding a heat resistant core mineral with another, less heat resistant coating material. Unlike an unheated coating process, here, a rotary kiln heats the coating material to just below liquefaction point, allowing it to coat the heat resistant core more evenly and more securely. This process is commonly seen in the manufacture of roofing granules, where a mineral such as granite is coated with a colored pigment, producing a product that is both durable and aesthetically pleasing.


Reduction roasting is the removal of oxygen from a component of an ore usually by using carbon monoxide (CO). The CO is typically supplied by mixing a carbonaceous material such as coal or coke with the ore or by feeding it separately. Examples are the reduction roasting of a hematite containing material to produce magnetite that can be magnetically separated. In the Waelz process, zinc oxide in steel mill wastes is reduced to metallic zinc and volatilized for recovery in the off-gas system.

Some of the most common materials for which rotary kilns are employed include:


  • Activated Carbon
  • Alumina
  • Catalysts
  • Contaminated Soil
  • Electronic Waste
  • Petroleum Coke
  • Phosphate Ore
  • Pigments
  • Precious Metals
  • Proppants
  • Specialty Ceramics
  • Specialty Chemicals
  • Waste Lime Sludge
  • Waste Materials

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Why Choose FEECO?

The advantages to a FEECO rotary kiln are that it is built to the highest quality standards and is backed by over 60 years of process design experience. The FEECO Innovation Center offers batch and pilot scale kilns that can simulate conditions in continuous commercial rotary kilns, allowing our customers to test small samples of material under various process conditions, as well as part of a continuous process. With options in both co-current and counter-current flow, and direct or indirect configurations, the FEECO test kilns offer a variety of options to suit your thermal testing needs. We also offer support equipment such as a combustion chamber, afterburner, baghouse, and wet scrubber for testing.

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