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Old 10-15-2003, 12:03 PM   #15
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I am a retired Fire Marshal. Your information is very good, however you need to go one step further. When you invert the extinguisher, you should feel nothing, but if you feel a thump, the the powed has become solid. Beating it may loosen it, but in my mind the extinguisher should be serviced or discarded and replaced with a new one. With a class A fire the dry chemical (ABC) extinguisher should work better than foam. However nothing works better on class A fires than good old water.
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Old 10-15-2003, 06:18 PM   #16
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The issue I have with the powder extinguishers is the fact that with as much plastic and some of the types of fires that can ocur in a RV (A story regarding a fridge fire comes to mind) the foam is the ONLY thing that has a chance of putting out the fire. Cleanup for me is a secondary issue. Heck saving the rig is a secondary issue. I just want the option of having the additional time to get out if possible.
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:19 PM   #17
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Do I get the prize for resurecting the oldest thread this week?

Does anybody know how to dispose of an old extinguisher? I have the original from my '73 and the valves are frozen, so I can't empty the contents. Contents seem ok, but the recycle center won't take it since it's still pressurized.

Maybe the Fire Brigade will take it to add to their restored engine from the '50's?

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Sounds like a fun target at the rifle range. Shoot it a few times, watch the dust fly then bring it back to the recycle center.
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:51 PM   #19
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Sounds like a fun target at the rifle range. Shoot it a few times, watch the dust fly then bring it back to the recycle center.
Birds of a feather, I guess. I read the "how to release the pressure?" post, immediately thought "I'd shoot it!" and then read yours.
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:53 PM   #20
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Keep the fire extingiser real handy. This happened in a park in Jacksonville, a couple of weeks ago. It was totally gone in minutes.
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Vintage fire extinguishers

Looking for photos of original fire extinguishers from 1960's trailers.

What do ya all have?
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:44 AM   #22
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Who makes a fire extinguisher that will last more than a year or two before it needs to be recharged? These things are not cheap for them to leak down in a short period of time. I think my last one was a Kidde. I am not going to buy a new one every year. What is the fill gas CO2 and the white powder?

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Old 03-18-2014, 12:20 PM   #23
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Who makes a fire extinguisher that will last more than a year or two before it needs to be recharged? These things are not cheap for them to leak down in a short period of time. I think my last one was a Kidde. I am not going to buy a new one every year. What is the fill gas CO2 and the white powder?

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Nitrogen is the gas used
The chemical mix will vary a bit depending on manufacturer, most of ours are charged with Mono-ammonium phosphate, Ammonium sulphate and a few other wonderful things likes Fullers earth, mica, silica and yellow #14

Ours get inspected monthly, tagged annually, torn down and recharged at the 6 year mark, and destroyed at the 12 year mark... if they make it that long. I currently ride herd on around 100 units give or take. They will last for years. I had one wander back in this year that had not been inspected in close to 10 years, being past the 12 year mark we used it for fire extinguisher training then destroyed the carcass.

My prefered brand is Amerex, but we have Badger, Kidde and Ansul too.

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Who makes a fire extinguisher that will last more than a year or two before it needs to be recharged? These things are not cheap for them to leak down in a short period of time. I think my last one was a Kidde. I am not going to buy a new one every year. What is the fill gas CO2 and the white powder?

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If you have a good quality metal body extinguisher you can have it serviced as wahoonc discussed for his commercial situation.

My moho came with a small unit next to the door (not home now, I can't remember the rating) and I supplemented it with an additional dry chemical by Kidde, I think a 1A:10BC. Next move is to replace the old small dry powder with Halotron, minimum 2.5# but I will upsize if it will fit.
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Who makes a fire extinguisher that will last more than a year or two before it needs to be recharged? These things are not cheap for them to leak down in a short period of time. I think my last one was a Kidde. I am not going to buy a new one every year. What is the fill gas CO2 and the white powder?

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The Kidde ones are cheap consumer products, usually not rechargable. I would not want to depend on one.

Amerex makes an excellent 5# chrome-plated extinguisher with a vehicle mount that looks great in an Airstream. I have one in my Cayo:

Amerex 500TC - Buy Today - Just $95.66 From IndustrialSafety.com

I also have some fire extinguishers from Buckeye Fire which are also well made and were, at the time I got them, considerably cheaper than Amerex. I have one of those in my Airstream. Wish it were chrome.
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The Kidde ones are cheap consumer products, usually not rechargable. I would not want to depend on one.
The one that came with my Interstate was a First Alert model. Home - First Alert The plastic wall bracket was too flimsy, and broke, but I installed a replacement metal bracket, and no problems since. And the exintguisher itself has held up well.
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So how much does it cost to get a good one serviced? A plastic valve at the top is probably a give away that it is junk.

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So how much does it cost to get a good one serviced? A plastic valve at the top is probably a give away that it is junk.

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No clue, call a couple of your local service shops and ask. FWIW if I get a discharged one it takes about 30 minutes to tear it down replace a couple of parts and recharge it. Most of ours are 10# with some 20# a few 2.5# and some oddball 5#, My personal preference would be a 5# or 10#, they are small enough to manhandle but large enough to get something done. Probably cost about the same to recharge, the labor is going to be the most expensive part.

FWIW a 10# fire extinguisher actually weighs around 16#

I have seen some Buckeye and they looked to me like rebadged Badger.

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