Like Tree0Likes

Automatic Fire Extinguishers

Reply
Old 12-07-2003, 10:08 PM
  #1
Charter Member #232
Charter Member
Thread Starter
 
Audiofn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Carlisle, MA USA
My Boats: 1979 Formula 302, 99 Formula 353, 81 Donzi 18 2+3 with 454
Posts: 18,379
Default Automatic Fire Extinguishers

In my redue of the boat I plan on adding halon fire extinguishers into the engine bay. I want Halon as it is the cleanest if there ever is a fire. I have been checking around and I know that you can still get Halon fire extinguishers but also noticed a new "Halon Alternative" fire extinguisher by Fireboy and a few others. Anyone know anything about how well this stuff works?

Jon
__________________
Put your best foot forward!
Audiofn is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2003, 10:17 PM
  #2
Platinum Member
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: so. WI
My Boats: Formula
Posts: 1,562
Default

Jon- unfortunately not as well as Halon. You can still buy the real thing both 1211 and 1311. It is being recycled, just like Freon R-12 is. It just costs considerably more than it used to.
I would only trust Halon myself- we are still using it exclusively on the jets, but we are also still using a lot of R12 too- so far we have been exempt in having to change it out.
Check with your local fire extinguishing gurus- they can hook you up with hand-helds, and can probably recharge/recertify an engine compt. auto setup for you as well. Maybe you can find one used or as a takeout from a damaged boat?
jafo is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2003, 10:46 PM
  #3
Charter Member #232
Charter Member
Thread Starter
 
Audiofn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Carlisle, MA USA
My Boats: 1979 Formula 302, 99 Formula 353, 81 Donzi 18 2+3 with 454
Posts: 18,379
Default

Ya I have been looking for them but so far no luck

Jon
__________________
Put your best foot forward!
Audiofn is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2003, 10:46 PM
  #4
Charter Member #232
Charter Member
Thread Starter
 
Audiofn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Carlisle, MA USA
My Boats: 1979 Formula 302, 99 Formula 353, 81 Donzi 18 2+3 with 454
Posts: 18,379
Default

So you do not think that they other stuff is ok for a boat? Can it be any worse then a ABC extinguisher?

Jon
__________________
Put your best foot forward!
Audiofn is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2003, 10:54 PM
  #5
Platinum Member
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: so. WI
My Boats: Formula
Posts: 1,562
Default

It's OK, and completely USCG approved. It just isn't as aggressive an extinguishing agent. The big reason for all of this was EPA- environmentally friendly.
I would encourage you to buy a larger unit than you would have if it were Halon. I still carry a hand-held Halon in the truck and boat, and encourage anyone else to do the same, even though they cost more. They just plain work better, and the cleanup is a helluva lot less.
Jim
jafo is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2003, 11:39 PM
  #6
Charter Member #232
Charter Member
Thread Starter
 
Audiofn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Carlisle, MA USA
My Boats: 1979 Formula 302, 99 Formula 353, 81 Donzi 18 2+3 with 454
Posts: 18,379
Default

So with the new stuff you still have clean up?

Jon
__________________
Put your best foot forward!
Audiofn is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2003, 11:46 PM
  #7
AT Cult Member #3
VIP Member
 
R Addiction's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Pa.
My Boats: '99 Active Thunder Tantrum
Posts: 20,687
Default

Jon , You had me worried with this post....With the luck you've been having all you need would be a fire!! Glad it was a tech question!!!
R Addiction is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2003, 09:15 AM
  #8
Official OSO boat whore
Charter Member
Trade Score: (2)
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Mequon, WI
My Boats: 8' row boat
Posts: 6,157
Default

Why not Co2?
Cord is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2003, 09:24 AM
  #9
Toxic FORMULA
Platinum Member
 
mopower's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: pitman nj
My Boats: 1989 Formula SR-1 272 t/540's
Posts: 4,238
Default

Yeah, C02 I was thinking the same thing. No extinguisher clean up just fire debris.
mopower is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2003, 09:47 AM
  #10
Official OSO boat whore
Charter Member
Trade Score: (2)
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Mequon, WI
My Boats: 8' row boat
Posts: 6,157
Default

I used to carry a 5lb Co2 extinguisher. The plan was to always use it so I wouldn't have to clean up a mess (and gaud, do the dry chem extinguishers make a mess). The problem was that it wasn't CG approved. Now I have 2 (don't ask me why I need 2) 2.5lb cheapie throw away dry chem extinguishers. My new plan is to throw these into the fire, get on the radio, and jump overboard.
Cord is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
JS232
General Q & A
3
04-18-2005 07:32 PM
BillR
Cigarette
3
01-01-2005 11:11 AM
aTX427
General Q & A
5
04-05-2004 08:36 PM



Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:47 AM.


Copyright 2011 OffShoreOnly. All rights reserved.