1. #1
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    Borderstate
    Posts
    899

    Thumbs up Chimfex is back!

    I have not seen this type of product in several years.We have not be able to restock for some time now.There not cheap at $25.00 a stick at the local walmart.

    http://www.rutland.com/

    http://www.rutland.com/productinfo.php?product_id=134

    Chimfex
    "This fire suppressant is indispensable as the first line of defense for controlling fires that occur from creosote build-up in chimneys. Independent test results show it suppresses a chimney fire in an average of 22 SECONDS! A homeowner or professional fire fighter can use Chimfex as a safe, fast and easy to use tool to combat a chimney fire with no water damage. Use in wood stoves, fireplaces or fireplace".
    Last edited by coldfront; 02-02-2010 at 01:55 PM.
    Always a day late and a dollar short!

    Hillbilly Irish!

  2. #2
    Forum Member
    FWDbuff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Pee-Ayy!
    Posts
    7,411

    Default

    We just drop zip-lok bags of ABC dry chem down chimneys that are on fire...works like a charm every time, and for dirt cheep!
    "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

  3. #3
    MembersZone Subscriber

    Join Date
    Jul 1999
    Location
    Flanders, NJ
    Posts
    13,537

    Default

    When I was an active volly, there was a plant in our town, Standard Railway Fusee, that made highway flares and Chimfex. We used to get them for free. In all my years, I never once saw water put on a chimney fire. These things worked like a charm.

    Back in like 1981 or so, the plant burned on Super Bowl Sunday morning. Worst fire I ever fought. We could not put it out. There was a pile of those striker caps that burned that was like 8 feet high. Burned for days. They never rebuilt the plant. It moved to someplace in OH I think.
    PROUD, HONORED AND HUMBLED RECIPIENT OF THE PURPLE HYDRANT AWARD - 10/2007.

  4. #4
    Back In Black
    ChiefKN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    The Nice Part of New Jersey
    Posts
    6,981

    Default

    I didn't know they went away...?

    We have them, but i'm not a big fan.
    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

    "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."

    "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."

  5. #5
    MembersZone Subscriber

    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Outside Philadelphia
    Posts
    519

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    We just drop zip-lok bags of ABC dry chem down chimneys that are on fire...works like a charm every time, and for dirt cheep!
    Ditto here, and I think most of the surrounding Co.'s.
    A Fire Chief has ONLY 1 JOB and that's to take care of his fireman. EVERYTHING else falls under this.

  6. #6
    Back In Black
    ChiefKN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    The Nice Part of New Jersey
    Posts
    6,981

    Default

    I liked this approach:

    Positive vent the house and shoot dry chem up the chimney. We also still drop the chain.

    Some departments have gone to this special nozzle and they use water. It sprays a very fine "mist". I never thought it was appropriate to use water unless you have tried every single trick and had no success.

    I could never feel comfortable leaving having just used the Chimney Flare.
    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

    "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."

    "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."

  7. #7
    MembersZone Subscriber

    Join Date
    Jul 1999
    Location
    Flanders, NJ
    Posts
    13,537

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefKN View Post
    I liked this approach:

    Positive vent the house and shoot dry chem up the chimney. We also still drop the chain.

    Some departments have gone to this special nozzle and they use water. It sprays a very fine "mist". I never thought it was appropriate to use water unless you have tried every single trick and had no success.

    I could never feel comfortable leaving having just used the Chimney Flare.
    We never "just left" either. We usually left the chimney and fireplace in better condition than it was in before the fire.

    You never saw a plethora of foundations around Boonton, did ya?

    (And BTW you guys. You did see where I typed FREE, right?).
    PROUD, HONORED AND HUMBLED RECIPIENT OF THE PURPLE HYDRANT AWARD - 10/2007.

  8. #8
    Back In Black
    ChiefKN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    The Nice Part of New Jersey
    Posts
    6,981

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeWendtCFI View Post
    You never saw a plethora of foundations around Boonton, did ya?
    Just one where a flare company used to be....

    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

    "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."

    "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."

  9. #9
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Upstate (Albany area), NY
    Posts
    422

    Default

    Yea, but why spend the $25 when for $1,175 more you can by a cool looking GIZMO?
    "If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."

    George S. Patton

  10. #10
    MembersZone Subscriber

    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    2,439

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by DFDCar1 View Post
    Yea, but why spend the $25 when for $1,175 more you can by a cool looking GIZMO?
    Now here is an idea:

    Could we get the same results as the "gizmo" if we take a rookie, give him two gallon bags of dry-chem, have him run into the burning building, and then tell him to spin really really fast?
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin

  11. #11
    Back In Black
    ChiefKN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    The Nice Part of New Jersey
    Posts
    6,981

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by MarcusKspn View Post
    Now here is an idea:

    Could we get the same results as the "gizmo" if we take a rookie, give him two gallon bags of dry-chem, have him run into the burning building, and then tell him to spin really really fast?
    Three words:

    "Sit and Spin"
    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

    "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."

    "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."

  12. #12
    Forum Member
    backsteprescue123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    4,318

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefKN View Post
    Three words:

    "Sit and Spin"
    I used to have one of those when i was a kid! Does that mean we have to start carrying those on the trucks now?
    ------------------------------------
    These opinions are mine and do not reflect the opinions of any organizations I am affiliated with.
    ------------------------------------

  13. #13
    Back In Black
    ChiefKN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    The Nice Part of New Jersey
    Posts
    6,981

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by RFRDxplorer View Post
    I used to have one of those when i was a kid! Does that mean we have to start carrying those on the trucks now?
    Wait.

    I'm selling these. They have two small fire extinguishers bolted on em.

    Just pull the pins, depress the handles and throw the "Firefighting sit & spin" in any burning structure!

    Retail cost is only $2000!
    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

    "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."

    "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."

  14. #14
    MembersZone Subscriber

    Join Date
    Jul 1999
    Location
    Flanders, NJ
    Posts
    13,537

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefKN View Post
    Wait.

    I'm selling these. They have two small fire extinguishers bolted on em.

    Just pull the pins, depress the handles and throw the "Firefighting sit & spin" in any burning structure!

    Retail cost is only $2000!
    You can call it a SIT-5!
    PROUD, HONORED AND HUMBLED RECIPIENT OF THE PURPLE HYDRANT AWARD - 10/2007.

  15. #15
    Forum Member
    DeputyChiefGonzo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Location
    Somewhere between genius and insanity!
    Posts
    13,584

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by georgewendtcfi View Post
    you can call it a sit-5!
    rotflmao!!!!
    ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
    Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

  16. #16
    Forum Member
    GTRider245's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Augusta,GA
    Posts
    3,064

    Default

    I will be honest, I learned something about chimney fires in this thread. Pretty cool ideas.
    Career Firefighter
    Volunteer Captain

    -Professional in Either Role-

    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    I don't mind fire rolling over my head. I just don't like it rolling UNDER my a**.

  17. #17
    MembersZone Subscriber

    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    Central NJ
    Posts
    1,214

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider245 View Post
    I will be honest, I learned something about chimney fires in this thread. Pretty cool ideas.
    And when you weed through the crap, thats why this is a great place to hang out and share ideas!

  18. #18
    Forum Member
    FWDbuff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Pee-Ayy!
    Posts
    7,411

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefKN View Post
    Just one where a flare company used to be....

    WOW!!!! I nominate this as one of the best comebacks of the year!
    "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

  19. #19
    MembersZone Subscriber

    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    SW MO
    Posts
    4,249

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefKN View Post
    I liked this approach:

    Positive vent the house and shoot dry chem up the chimney. We also still drop the chain.

    Some departments have gone to this special nozzle and they use water. It sprays a very fine "mist". I never thought it was appropriate to use water unless you have tried every single trick and had no success.

    I could never feel comfortable leaving having just used the Chimney Flare.
    That's the method we'll typically use. On some occassions, we'll use a water can on the fire in the firebox and let the steam go up and knock the fire down.

    Flue fires are really the only reason we keep the old electric box fan on the truck since we got a PPV fan. We try to blow the lower-pressure box fan into the fire box using a socket in the house rather than blowing a PPV fan into the front door blowing the cold air in.

    Like you, we even have the chain set we'll drop. We also always make sure to leave with a "please get a hold of a chimney sweep, there's several in the yellow pages, and make sure you do it both before and after burning season."

    I've seen the misting chimney nozzles, but I've always been timid about spraying any water directly into the flue. I've seen several occassions where the owner tried dumping a picher of water down the top and cracked the liner.

  20. #20
    Forum Member
    backsteprescue123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    4,318

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by georgewendtcfi View Post
    you can call it a sit-5!
    haha! Lmfao!
    ------------------------------------
    These opinions are mine and do not reflect the opinions of any organizations I am affiliated with.
    ------------------------------------

  21. #21
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Mass
    Posts
    1,037

    Default

    I too had wondered where they went. Now my local dealer has them.

    The nice thing about the chimfex is you do not have to even go on the roof.

    TFT is now marketing this nozzle:

    http://www.tft.com/productsearch/pro...?product=A3830

    I don't doubt it works well, but it's pricey and will destroy most terra cotta chimney liners. Spraying ice cold water on tiles does not fare well.

  22. #22
    55 Years & Still Rolling
    hwoods's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Glenn Dale Md, Heart of the P.G. County Fire Belt....
    Posts
    10,739

    Talking Yeah................

    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    WOW!!!! I nominate this as one of the best comebacks of the year!

    You do realize that "The Year" is only 33 days old, Right?.......
    Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
    In memory of
    Chief Earle W. Woods, 1912 - 1997
    Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006

    IACOJ Budget Analyst

    I Refuse to be a Spectator. If I come to the Game, I'm Playing.

    www.gdvfd18.com

  23. #23
    55 Years & Still Rolling
    hwoods's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Glenn Dale Md, Heart of the P.G. County Fire Belt....
    Posts
    10,739

    Thumbs up Yep...........

    Quote Originally Posted by WD6956 View Post
    I too had wondered where they went. Now my local dealer has them.

    The nice thing about the chimfex is you do not have to even go on the roof.

    TFT is now marketing this nozzle:

    http://www.tft.com/productsearch/pro...?product=A3830

    I don't doubt it works well, but it's pricey and will destroy most terra cotta chimney liners. Spraying ice cold water on tiles does not fare well.

    Good Point......... The TFT Nozzle is putting out 0.66 gpm, so that's not too bad. My Dad made a "Chimney Nozzle" back in the early 50s that we carried until after we got rid of all the Reel Lines. It was a piece of 3/4 inch Pipe with a Booster Hose Coupling brazed onto one end, a 90 degree bend in the Pipe, and a Cap on the end. a Tiny hole was drilled in the Pipe Cap. This was quite effective, and we never had a problem with it.......
    Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
    In memory of
    Chief Earle W. Woods, 1912 - 1997
    Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006

    IACOJ Budget Analyst

    I Refuse to be a Spectator. If I come to the Game, I'm Playing.

    www.gdvfd18.com

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Did you respond to WTC???
    By E40FDNYL35 in forum Firefighters Forum
    Replies: 197
    Last Post: 04-21-2011, 07:28 PM
  2. MI Firefighters relinquish back pay
    By MaddogDFD5 in forum Firefighters Forum
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 04-04-2006, 08:37 PM
  3. One for Norm. Ship 'em air freight
    By scfire86 in forum The Off Duty Forums
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: 02-08-2006, 09:48 AM
  4. She's Back
    By CaptainS in forum News Center
    Replies: 39
    Last Post: 12-28-2005, 11:33 AM
  5. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 12-11-2002, 09:07 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Log in

Click here to log in or register