•  Can the Firebreaker burn firebreaks in green or wet vegetation?

  •  What about burning embers escaping from the burning chamber; does this not pose a threat?

  •  Why not manufacture a wider version of Firebreaker so that a wider strip can be burned?

 
 
 
Can the Firebreaker burn firebreaks in green or wet vegetation?

No. The gas burners are not incinerators, merely igniters. Once ignited, the vegetation needs to be both dead and dry in order to burn away completely. The Firebreaker creates a safe environment in which to do burning—if the vegetation will not burn, using Firebreaker will not change that.

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What about burning embers escaping from the burning chamber; does this not pose a threat?

Under normal operating conditions, we have never had any problems with, or received any reports of, embers escaping from the burning chamber. The extremely high temperature inside the burning chamber combined with the height of the chimney almost guarantees that combustible material will be reduced to ash before it can escape. This is not to say that embers cannot escape from the burning chamber, but that the threat may only surface in very windy conditions—conditions in which you would likely not be burning.

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Why not manufacture a wider version of Firebreaker so that a wider strip can be burned?

It may seem like the logical thing to do, but making the burning chamber wide enough to burn an effective firebreak in one pass would be wholly impractical. The equipment would become too unwieldy for the purpose for which it was built. Increasing the width of the Firebreaker, accompanied by a necessary increase in length, would significantly increase the weight of the equipment. (As is, the equipment weighs over 1000 lb.) Transporting and handling would become a major issue, and a more powerful towing vehicle would also be required. The manufacturing cost would increase significantly as well.

Since anything short of the width of an effective firebreak already requires that one either burn parallel strips or burn a strip parallel to an existing control line, a more logical proposition would be to concentrate on making the Firebreaker smaller, and therefore easier to transport and handle.

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