What Firebreaker does for you
 
Firebreaker is an innovative line of equipment for burning firebreaks:
  •  Safely
  •  Effectively
  •  Efficiently
  •  Economically
Burning firebreaks with Firebreaker:
  •  Decreases the risk associated with burning firebreaks.
  •  Speeds up the burning process.
  •  Requires less labor.
  •  Requires fewer backup resources.
  •  Affords total control over the burning process, which can be aborted at any       time.
  •  Does not promote soil erosion, as does ploughing.
  •  Allows you to make a firebreak of any width.
  •  Does not create a seedbed for opportunistic weeds or exotic species, as does       ploughing.
 
Firebreaker is valuable for:
  •  Preventing the spread of wildfires.
  •  Containing controlled burns.
 
 
 
 
When to use Firebreaker
 
Firebreaker is a heavy-duty, vehicle-drawn apparatus for use when:
  •  The area where the firebreak is required is navigable by vehicle.
  •  The distances involved are large.
 
Firebreaker is ideal for burning firebreaks:
  •  On crop farms, cattle farms, and game farms.
  •  In parks and reserves.
  •  Between plantations.
  •  Near hazardous sites.
  •  In wildland-urban interfaces.
 
Some specialized applications for Firebreaker:
  •  Creating firebreaks around plantations where grading is contraindicated
      due to root sensitivity e.g. protea farms.
  •  Improving or maintaining firebreaks created by other methods in forest or dense
      bush, by the safe, controlled burning of surface or fine fuels.
  •  Creating or maintaining airfield-perimeter firebreaks.
 
 
 
 
How Firebreaker works
 
Firebreaker has two components:
  •  The Basic Burner is the primary component that ignites the fuel.
  •  The Afterburner is an optional component that further improves safety and
      operational speed by increasing the enclosed burning area.
The Basic Burner consists of:
  •  A burning system—a burning chamber with 2 liquid petroleum gas (LPG) burners,       mounted on skids.
  •  A water system—adjustable spray heads on the sides of the burning chamber.

Basic Burner

Positions of key components of the Basic Burner

  Vegetation is ignited by the gas burners mounted in front of the burning chamber.
  Flames are kept inside the burning chamber by a positive upward draught.
  Water from the adjustable spray heads wets the ground on either side of the    burning chamber, preventing the sideways spread of flames.
  Burning occurs safely within the confines of the chamber.
  Drawn behind a low-gear vehicle, the Basic Burner burns a 1,35-m wide strip.
  By successively burning parallel strips, and then doing a controlled burn between     these strips, you can make a firebreak of any width.
The Afterburner consists of:
  •  A burning chamber (without gas burners) mounted on skids.
  •  A water system—adjustable spray heads on the sides of the burning chamber.
  The optional Afterburner is hitched behind the Basic Burner to extend the     enclosed burning area.
  It improves safety, thereby increasing operating speed.
  The Afterburner is recommended when the grass is very long, or operational     speed is important.
 
 
 
 
Firebreaker Support Equipment
 
Firebreaker is pulled by a low-gear vehicle such as:
  •  A tractor
  •  A 4x4 pickup truck
  •  A Mercedes Unimog
 
The following auxiliary equipment is required:
  •  A gas cylinder with fittings for liquid withdrawal.
  •  An independent water supply (water sprayer) with water tank, pump,
     and high-pressure handgun.
 
The auxiliary equipment cannot be carried on the Firebreaker. It can be carried on:
  •  The towing vehicle (a tractor may require a platform such as a
     modified three-point hitch).
  •  A trailer directly behind the towing vehicle.