# smooth bore vs. fog nozzles

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• 12-19-1999, 10:26 AM
FyredUp
Fletch,

All valid points, except for one thing. Low pressure combo nozzles, particularly the 250gpm at 50psi will do everything your smooth bore will and still give a fog pattern if needed.

Having said that, I like the smooth bore attack also. Even with our combos we use a straight stream attack at the base of the fire.
• 12-19-1999, 03:42 PM
Fletch
FyredUp,

Ok, help me out here. There is a combination nozzle manufactured today that operates efficiently at 50 psi? I have practiced "underpumping" a combination nozzle (not automatic) to achieve a desired flow. (i.e pumping a 2.5 combo nozzle at 75 psi to acheive 185 gpm, thereby flowing at a lower pump discharge pressure and decreasing nozzle reaction.) Example: 300' of 2.5 inch hose flowing 185 gpm = a friction loss of 24 psi, add 75 for the nozzle pressure (flat terrain with no FL) = 99 psi for pump discharge pressure with a nozzle reaction of 70 psi. Not bad for a fog nozzle.

However, maybe I need to do more research and study if there is a combination nozzle on the market today that operates at maximum GPM at a lower psi.(less than 100 psi).

I guess I should have prefaced my first post by saying that I was one of those firefighters that used to grab a line and run in without doing the math. Unfourtunately, no one in the department (not my current department) was doing the math either. We were simply using the standard 5 & 10 method for determining friction loss and starting the PDP at 100 psi.(Automatic nozzles) The result was brought in clear focus one day when an outside instructor arrived to do an hydraulics class. We were flowing 47 gpm (established by a flow meter at the nozzle) on a 300', 1.75 preconnect. How were we doing?

This same instructor turned me onto
solid bore nozzles and doing the math. The result was a much better understanding of hydraulics and "bombings" of subsequent structure fires. We were making huge stops and extinguishing the fire. Go figure.

As I said before, fog nozzles certainly have their place in the service, but give me a solid bore nozzle and a competent AO and we will certainly go take care of business.

Fletch
• 12-19-1999, 07:59 PM
FyredUp
Fletch,

Yes there are low pressure combination nozzles. We use them. The ones we use are 200gpm at 75psi and 250gpm at 50psi.

If you want more info e-mail me, I am happy to share what I know with you.
• 07-16-2012, 03:30 PM
Jgough
Quote:

Originally Posted by K A
All types, styles and brands of nozzles are successfully putting fire out fire somewhere.

It's the water, not the nozzle. Steam is a function of the nozzleman not the nozzle.

Funny thing our fathers and grand fathers brought us 1 3/4" and 2" hose and got away from smooth bores during the heavy fire 70's and 80's and went to automatic nozzles to solve a variety of water supply issues now the fire service in the non-fire 90's is moving to smooth bores.

Those water supply and pump operator issues have not gone away. Gramps and dad didn't have a problem holding a 1 3/4" line with a 100 psi TFT on a 150 feet long line at 200 to 220 psi edp. Why can't today's guys do it? All we hear is, "it is too hard to hold." Low pressure nozzles are just another way to say non-NFPA compliant. Explain to the jury when you get someone killed or injured using a non-approved nozzle.

Did it ever to occur to anyone the new nozzles are not new? They are simply a ploy by today's salesmen to replace perfectly good nozzles to a rather dumb (hydraulicly) fire service.

Fix flow fixed pressure were the original nozzles. A fix 200 gpm nozzle at 100 psi will flow 175 gpm at 75 psi or 140 gpm at 50 psi just like it always had. The stream won't look much different and the fire won't know you're using an old or new nozzle.

Don't throw out perfectly good nozzles and go to the new thing sold by the salesman. Your Turbo Jets, or Select o Flows will do everything and a lot more than the new fixed flow low pressure jobs on the market.

Your automatic nozzles will still do everything ever claimed of them...as long as your engineer knows what he is doing and will even do well if he doesn't, you can't say that about a fixed flow nozzle or smooth bore.

The ff's of the past also had preconnected hard suction that we've all gotten away from and are now going back to.

I bet there is not an engineer in the country who can pump three smooth bores with different tips on different lengths and diameters i\of line properly and safely at the same time.

Any takers????

Yea, first you should know more about pumping a truck before making stupid comments like the one above. Yes you can pump different lengths and diameters and size smooth bore tips from your truck at the same time, if you are a real driver. It's called knowing your job, truck and the simple thing called gating back. Go learn your truck!
• 07-16-2012, 04:04 PM
Dibbs12
13 years later for that?
• 07-17-2012, 09:26 AM
FyredUp
Now this is some funny schidt! A guy joins and his first post is to go back 13 years to try and start a fight with a guy no longer here?

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Nice try but sorry no points will be awarded!
• 07-17-2012, 12:32 PM
voyager9
First post: Check.