VortX 450 Ecofilter - Used - 2024

The revolutionary VortX EcoFilter is the coffee roasting industry's first hydro-powered emission reduction system.

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VortX 450 Used EcoFilter

The Coffee Roasting Industry's First Hydro-Powered Emission Reduction System

 

2024 Model — Used less than a year!

No matter how long you've been roasting coffee, you know the importance of an afterburner to keep in good standing with both your local emission laws and your neighbors. There are afterburners aplenty to choose from, but if sustainability is a core value, then we've got a great option for you.

This 2024 VortX 450 EcoFilter afterburner alternative is billed as the coffee roasting industry's first hydro-powered emission reduction system. Used less than one year, it's in excellent condition and ready to help you tackle those pesky odors and smoke.

The story: The current owner ran this system for less than one year in a busy downtown district, supporting a 5kg San Franciscan SF-10 roaster. The SF-10 didn't require an afterburner, but the owner added it as a friendly gesture to his patrons and neighboring businesses. Now that the owner is moving production offsite and into a larger roaster with a built-in afterburner solution, he no longer needs this practically brand-new VortX.

Note:

  • The VortX is positioned on cinder blocks to add the needed height for the attached chimney. Cinder blocks do not come with purchase. 
  • The VortX also comes with approximately 5 feet of vertical, single-walled chimney with a built-in booster fan.

How it works: By utilizing a cyclone's energy and atomized water, the VortX EcoFilter efficiently eliminates chaff, dust, smoke, and odors from the waste stream. With the VortX EcoFilter, exhaust removal reaches an impressive 80%, making it the ultimate energy-friendly and highly effective filtering solution.

By the way, we love this system so much that we also sell the full VortX line. 

See this VortX 450 in action:

This system operates on 220V, single-phase power and is designed for medium-sized machines with an output of up to 450 cfm.

Click for a quote, call us @ 855.585.2500, or call/text Rick directly @ 949.289.8083 for additional details and next steps. It's ready to go!


NEED TO KNOWS

EQUIPMENT
VortX 450 EcoFilter afterburner alternative

YEAR
2024

LOCATION
Northwest USA

CONDITION
Excellent

LAST USE
Still commissioned

ELECTRIC
220v - Single Phase
Designed to support roasters with between 450 cfm output.

COMES WITH
All equipment to operate machine, including approximately 5 feet of vertical, single-walled chimney with built-in booster fan.

OPERATION MANUALS
Digital online

STATUS
Ready to ship.

LOGISTICS
All Used Equipment Sold As-Is.
CEPros Tek-Pak available for installation assurance.
In-person inspections are recommended.
Freight NOT INCLUDED. Quoted specific to your location and needs.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE BELOW


HOW IT WORKS

The EcoFilter is based on a high-efficiency cyclone designed to remove particulates well below 10 micron cut size. This cyclonic action is enhanced by instantly cooling the incoming air, causing the VOCs and products of combustion to condense from vapor to liquid where they are entrained along with the particulates in water and flushed out the bottom of the cyclone.

The water is filtered and recycled. One glance at the stack temp confirms that the unit is operating correctly. Scientists have been warning us for many years that climate change is an existential threat and that we can, we must, do something about it. Every day this deep concern drives us to help our customers, the specialty coffee industry, play a leading role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions while keeping a commitment to clean air and a safe operation.

We founded VortX because we knew there had to be a better way to filter smoke and odor, or more precisely – particulates, VOCs and products of combustion from coffee roasting exhaust. Conventional methods came with a host of problems:

  • Afterburner = gas hog & environmental disaster & heavy cost
  • Electrostatic precipitator = laborious cleaning & big fire risk
  • Media filters = huge fire risk & costly replacement of media

When we discovered the impact made by instantly cooling the hot, dirty air from a roaster, the VortX EcoFilter was born. We sold our first unit in 2017 and in 4 short years we have established customers on 6 continents. These “early adopters” helped us focus on refining and improving our technology. We love every one of them; they helped us make the EcoFilter the impressive solution it is today.

We continue to serve the retrofit market and we are now building products for roaster manufacturers who are bringing to market a new generation of smokeless/odorless roasters.


BENEFITS

HAPPIER NEIGHBORS – significant reductions to visible smoke, VOCs and noxious odor
Prevent complaints which may force you to relocate or close. Neighbors will see clean, white steam depending on outside air temperature.

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP – perfect marriage of clean air and reduced impact on global warming. Generates zero CO2 and reduces products of combustion generated by your roaster’s burner. Runs on less than 8 amps electricity. Uses less than 30 gallons per day of water. Zero waste: chaff and wastewater suitable for feeding soil and watering plants. VortX plants 100 trees for every EcoFilter sold through our partnership with One Tree Planted.

IMPROVED SAFETY – no residue buildup in stack and cyclone = nothing to burn. Limits damage from a drum fire and remains warm to the touch; reduces risk of personal injury.

INCREASED PROFITABILITY
More consistent roasting because cyclone and stack remain clean
Roast nonstop; never stop to empty chaff bucket. Eliminates need for regular cleaning of stacks and cyclone.

DURABLE & RELIABLE – beautiful, hand-crafted, top quality components. Standard 2B mill finish on type 304 stainless steel, as shown in picture. One moving part, the pump, is made by Grundfos (Denmark), a world leader.

INEXPENSIVE TO INSTALL – low temperature exhaust gas (<120 F) does not require insulated double wall duct. Hose barbs allow for quick plumbing connection via rubber hoses. Operates on dedicated single-phase power from 210 to 240 VAC, 50 or 60 Hz.

UNIQUE TECHNOLOGY YIELDS UNIQUE BENEFITS:

  • Produces ZERO CO2, CO or NOx – environmentally responsible
  • Captures CO2 from the roaster itself
  • Stack & cyclone are warm to touch; no risk of injury, no need for double wall ducting
  • Self-cleaning filtration zone never changes pressure drop for consistent air flow
  • Single blower can be placed after the cyclone – superior control of air flow via simple manual baffle

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the EcoFilter simply a wet scrubber? NO

VortX engineers took the basic concept of a wet scrubber and reinvented it specifically for coffee roasting. Traditional wet scrubbers interfere with airflow during roasting; the EcoFilter improves airflow and the entire roasting process.

What is the key difference between the VortX EcoFilter and an afterburner? GREENHOUSE GAS

Afterburners incinerate smoke and odor at extremely high temperatures requiring consumption of up to 5 times the natural gas used by the roaster itself. The EcoFilter captures smoke and odor by instantly cooling the exhaust air to condense out the contaminants and capture them in water and strip them from the exhaust air using the centripetal force of a cyclone.

What is the environmental cost of an afterburner vs. an EcoFilter? CLIMATE CHANGE

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