By Jason Burkholder, Fire Inspector, Surry County Fire Mashal Office
One more extinguishing agent for chimney fires is salt.
The department I grew up in used jugs of salt. They bought old military containers that had lids that tighten down and had a capacity of about ½ to 1 gallon. They would fill jugs with regular salt and then dump them into the chimney from the top when on fire. They were very easy to carry and very cheap to use.
It was one of those small town volunteer tactics, but worked very well and kept costs down.
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Billy McKinleyFriday, November 09, 2012 4:37:07 PMWe use baking soda in a Ziploc bag. Just pull the cap and send it down.
Glen GarlandTuesday, March 04, 2014 5:14:49 PMWe use dry powder in ziploc sandwich bags. Several can be tucked into a turnout pocket and carried up the ladder and dropped 1 at a time into the chimney extinguishing the fire!
William DrakeWednesday, April 02, 2014 2:47:31 PMIt works and it is cheap!