Has anyone heard of any possible dangers from keeping & using a
torch, running a closed kiln and an ultralite kiln, and performing
any other heat-based activities in a garage? I know it's pretty
important to make sure the torch never leaks and I'll have fire
extinguishers around, just in case. (Does it make a difference what
kind of fire extinguisher to have on hand?)
There are several types of fire extinguishers available. They’re
usually rated according to the types of fires A, B or C they’re
designed for. Some (the old water, bicarb of soda & acid) are rated
for only one type of fire, a trash fire, wood, cloth, paper, etc.
This is a A rated extinguisher.
A ‘B’ rate extinguisher will work best on liquid & grease fires
A ‘C’ rated extinguisher is intended for electrical fires.
Many times fire extinguishers are rated with multiple letters eg ‘B’
& ‘C’. These types are good for both liquid & grease as well as
Probably the most common extinguishers available are rated for B & C
fires. They usually contain a dry chemical under pressure. Sometimes
they may contain CO2 (carbon Dioxide) under pressure.
The type rated for B & C fires are probably the best to get. A couple
of reasons aRe: they cover a wide range of commonly encountered fires
& when the fire is out clean up is much easier with a dry chemical
than a wet soggy mess that’s left after using any type of
extinguisher that contains water. The best from a clean up stand
point is a CO2 or other gas, there’s nothing other than the fire
debris to cleanup.
I bought a satellite kiln. The directions must be pretty old
because it says to have an asbestos pad under the kiln before firing
it up. What do you use to put under your kiln? What kind of table
do you use for your kiln (metal? wood?) It seems like welding
curtains and pads are the closest substitute that I could find for
the asbestos pad but it seems like overkill to me.
Check your local building supplier (Home Depot etc). They have boards
about 2ft x 4 ft x 1/2in made from cement with a fiberglass layer on
all surfaces. These are usually used as underlayment for tile in
bathrooms & other wet areas. They’ can be cut by scoring with a knife
& breaking. They’re economical, convenient, fireproof & easy to use.