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Old 13-05-2013, 10:53   #1
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Fire Blankets

Hi all,
I am currently looking to Purchase a fire Blanket for My galley. Looking at the specs, they all seem to be made of raw fiberglass. Could you make one yourself using heavy Fiberglas cloth, hemming the edges?
I may try some of my own experiments using the fiberglass
Cloth, on land that is .
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I would think wool would make a good fire blanket and still be used as a sleeping blanket. I know you can treat it with something like x-12 but I would not want to treat it.

You bring up a good point I may want a fire blanket now, I wonder how much heat a good quality wool blanket can tolerate without being treated. I have two on board but they were expensive so I won't test this.
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Old 13-05-2013, 11:12   #3
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I not sure wool would cut it. It may not burst into flames but it burns right through. FWIW, I bought a piece of fire proof fabric on line that is silver silicone coated fiberglass cloth.
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Re: fire blankets

For whatever it's worth, I tried one of those "ecological" fire extinguishers in lieu of a real dry chem because I've used a dry chem before and the mess is horrible.

One day we had a small galley file. Quite contained, just on the stove top, so I had a spare second to grab the eco-extinguisher. The trigger broke off in my hand and nothing happened. So those are a great idea but at least for me I'm glad I didn't actually need it.

You can also buy Halon extinguishers from aviation shops. They're legal in military and aircraft cockpit applications. We probably have six dry chems in the cabin all over the place in our 36' boat, and there's a Halon closest to the galley and engine room.
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Old 14-05-2013, 08:46   #5
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Re: fire blankets

Seems a lot of work for something that's not very expensive.
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Re: fire blankets

Ever seen a burned fiberglass boat? The resin burns out and the fiberglass looks like you could reuse it.
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Re: fire blankets

I would recommend against fiberglass for a fire blanket, most of which are made from treated wool. A fire blanket is not just for incipient grease fires; they are also good for burning clothing since they won't contaminate the wound the way chemicals could. Fiberglass would be a nasty addition to a third-degree burn.

Treated wool fire blankets are fairly inexpensive.
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Re: fire blankets

Would a welding blanket work?
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A welding blanket would be great.
I had no thought of putting out a person on fire. The stove, the engine etc. were my thoughts. If a person on fire could melt a silicone coating on a fiberglass fire blanket, they are screwded.
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Re: fire blankets

Hi all,

I ended up getting a 3' by 3' welding blanket on ebay for about $15. It should do the job. Check it out:
Tillman 591B33 3x3 30oz Gold Acrylic Coated Fiberglass Blanket | eBay

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Now you only need to fabricate the pouch to put it in and mount it on a nearby bulkhead:
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Discard after use? You rich guy's sure do cary on with your stuff.
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