Most often people who bring in their dead have to wait for many hours for the power to reach stability of a kind that can incinerate the body at the furnace in electric crematoria.
A simple technology that can be made to work in any graveyard or funeral center is a system that employs dung cakes, but with a difference.
The system is traditional, and used by potters in the country. Circular pits are made of one meter to a depth of 1.5 meter. The dung cake are patted into cylindrical shape of 6 inches high and 3.5 inches diameter. These are stacked inside the circular pit on the inner wall. About 200 kg dung cakes are required to cremate a body. This makes for about 80 dung cakes of the cylindrical shape, each weighing 1.5 kg. The cakes are arranged in tiers and the body is placed within. The pit is then packed with the rest of the dung cakes and a small approach is left open to perform the last rites.
Using wood to cremate demands 250 kg at about Rs. 1500. In our villages people still use mango tree wood, for such cremation. The time taken for cremation is about four hours. If cow dung cakes are used, we require 200 kg and the cost is about Rs. 500-800. The time taken for cremation is under two hours. Electric cremation is of course the fastest but the energy consumed is far too high and is not sustainable.