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Old 08 June 2009, 06:24   #1
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Best extinguisher type?

Have had a quick search and can't find too much on this subject....

I have a powder extinguisher, but assume this would knacker the engine - is C02 the best all round?

I would imagine an engine fire would be the most 'typical' danger, although the new Webber barbecue I've had fitted presents a small risk I guess.





I might have made the last bit up.
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Old 08 June 2009, 07:30   #2
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Maybe one of each to be sure ? While powder may not be too good for things - nor is catching fire !

I 'think' CO2 may not be great in a big open space with hot things that coudl re-ignite when the C02 is blown away .

I have BBQ on my boat too! Great burgers last week - I knew the bow locker hatch wouldn't melt ! I did end up jumping over the side - but only to clean the hull.
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Old 08 June 2009, 08:03   #3
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Spraying CO2 on a red hot metal could be dangerous. I would stick with the dry powder if the engine is on fire I doubt it would be much use afterwards anyway.
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Old 08 June 2009, 08:38   #4
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Cool. I'll stick with powder.

We're trying to find brackets for the rotary spit on the bow.
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I hate powder with a passion. The very best was Halon but it's been banned cos of the ozone layer..........

I carry 2L foam extinguishers now. Ok you can't use them on electrics but 12v doesn't count.

CO2 would be great if you can get it inside the cowl. It has been discussed on here before about making an opening port etc.
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As Codders says AFFF foam is the dog danglies, especially on petrol or oil fires

Taking of fires, you don't have one of those ribs which have the petrol fuel line and the battery cables rapped around each other hidden under the deck by chance do you?


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Spraying CO2 on a red hot metal could be dangerous.
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Old 08 June 2009, 09:32   #8
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Taking of fires, you don't have one of those ribs which have the petrol fuel line and the battery cables wrapped around each other hidden under the deck by chance do you?


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You're going to tell me I have?
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Both my boats have the tank ( and vent) , batteries , main starting cables, old newspaper and cigarette lighter all stored together to make ' getting there' that much more important.

A good point though - they do both run under the floor , very close & one does have battery & tank under the console , but hey they were both made this way so it MUST be safe right ?

And as I have extingushers on both I'll be fine right ?
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He is correct - but it depends on the metal. Usually magnesium which is contained in certain aircraft alloys. The oxygen from Water and CO2 can add to the fire.
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