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dyg2001
04-19-2003, 12:28 PM
Where can I buy a hand-held fire extinguisher with quick release brackets, etc., that meets IT requirements but doesn't cost an arm and a leg? Thanks.

planet6racing
04-19-2003, 08:39 PM
I went to the local True Value store (a family owned one, not a big super store) and got a very nice fire extinguisher and the quick release bracket for less than $50, I believe. The extinguisher is an all metal design with a really nice gauge. The bracket was sold separately, but readily available.

This, of course, meets the minimum specs. I will be upgrading to either a Halon or AFF system later this year.


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Scott Nutter
04-20-2003, 10:14 AM
I found mine by reading the inspection tag on the fire extinguisher at work and giving them a call. I could not find Purple K anywhere else. It was around $50 for a five pound boyyle with metal bracket.

jhooten
04-20-2003, 11:09 AM
Home depot had the metal brackets available seperate from the Extinguisher. 5# + bracket less than $30.

dyg2001
04-20-2003, 10:28 PM
After doing some research and reading articles like this:

http://www.h3r.com/products/cockpit_fe.htm

I've decided spend the money for a Halon extinguisher. Anybody know where I can get one cheap? Perhaps a place that offers a SCCA discount? Thanks.

apr67
04-23-2003, 11:33 PM
Originally posted by dyg2001:

I've decided spend the money for a Halon extinguisher. Anybody know where I can get one cheap? Perhaps a place that offers a SCCA discount? Thanks.



Cheap and Halon are oxymorons. Halon can not be made/sold for civialan use, or prehaps it just has a huge tax on it.. I'm not sure which, but it seems to have gone the way of R12. You can get it, but it be pricy.

Beyond that, you aren't flying an airplane. If you have a cockpit fire you are going to park at a station and get the f*ck out of the race car. You aren't going to have time to fiddle with the fire bottle.

If you are set on having something safer, then you need a fire system, not a bottle. A systme can be easily uncorked and with properly pre-positioned nozzels the fire will possibly be taken care of. The stuff most guys are using these days is AFF, which is a foam and water mixture. Of course you can get halon if you wish to pay the bucks.

If you do go for a system, I suggest a simple ABC bottle in the car also. Its nice to have to put the car out in the paddock, or to help out a buddy.

Thats my two cents.

Richy Gonzalez
04-28-2003, 07:49 PM
While on the subject, I'm about to do an enduro and need a fire extinguisher for the pits while refueling. The GCR states
<font face=\"Verdana, Arial\" size=\"2\">10lbs dry chemical agent capacity having a minimum UL60 BC or ABC rating</font>.

So in english this says ???? and I can get one by going to my local ???? HEELLLLLPPPPP.

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Fleetcare
04-28-2003, 09:13 PM
Originally posted by Richy Gonzalez:
While on the subject, I'm about to do an enduro and need a fire extinguisher for the pits while refueling. The GCR states
10lbs dry chemical agent capacity having a minimum UL60 BC or ABC rating.

So in english this says ???? and I can get one by going to my local ???? HEELLLLLPPPPP.




Richy,
Go to costco or home depot and buy a 10lbs ABC fire extinguisher.. or you can get a BC but ABC is probably better/cheaper.

basically the a b and c is just a rating of what they can put out. and I think all extinguishers sold are UL 60

~Jonathan

Rick Phelps
04-29-2003, 09:24 AM
Originally posted by apr67:
Cheap and Halon are oxymorons. Halon can not be made/sold for civialan use, or prehaps it just has a huge tax on it.. I'm not sure which, but it seems to have gone the way of R12. You can get it, but it be pricy.

Beyond that, you aren't flying an airplane. If you have a cockpit fire you are going to park at a station and get the f*ck out of the race car. You aren't going to have time to fiddle with the fire bottle.

If you are set on having something safer, then you need a fire system, not a bottle. A systme can be easily uncorked and with properly pre-positioned nozzels the fire will possibly be taken care of. The stuff most guys are using these days is AFF, which is a foam and water mixture. Of course you can get halon if you wish to pay the bucks.

If you do go for a system, I suggest a simple ABC bottle in the car also. Its nice to have to put the car out in the paddock, or to help out a buddy.

Thats my two cents.

Wonder if CO2 would not work as well and have less clean up, post release?

Richy Gonzalez
04-29-2003, 09:33 AM
Thanks Fleetcare. Nothing special other than making sure it's 10lbs and has an ABC stamped/label on it.

By the way, hows the CRX? Any racing lately?

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Richy Gonzalez
GB Racing - #24 ITA CRX (http://groups.msn.com/TheGonzalezFamilyRichySheilaandNyah/projectitacrx.msnw)
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Fleetcare
04-29-2003, 05:58 PM
Originally posted by Richy Gonzalez:
Thanks Fleetcare. Nothing special other than making sure it's 10lbs and has an ABC stamped/label on it.

By the way, hows the CRX? Any racing lately?



CRX hasnt moved since roebling! Plan on racing a double on July 26th after im all holidayed/partied out.. any chances of you coming to ATL for a race?

~Jonathan

Richy Gonzalez
04-29-2003, 06:47 PM
Jonathan (Fleetcare),
I would love to say yes but the reality is that most likely not. It's that money, wife and kids thing http://Forums.ImprovedTouring.com/it/smile.gif

I'm staying pretty local for right now. Sebring, Daytona, Moroso will probably be it for me.

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Richy Gonzalez
GB Racing - #24 ITA CRX (http://groups.msn.com/TheGonzalezFamilyRichySheilaandNyah/projectitacrx.msnw)
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[This message has been edited by Richy Gonzalez (edited April 29, 2003).]