The Salina Fire Department helps us turn-up the heat on the "StoveTop FireStop" inside the department's test kitchen.
"This is a consumer grade product that we're going to test today thanks to you guys. Hopefully this will be something the average consumer can use as another tool in their tool box,” Fire Marshall Roger Williams said.
The "StoveTop FireStop" claims to be an "automatic fire suppression" device for a stove top fire. We bought a pair online for $49.05. That does not include shipping and handling.
Roger shows us the set-up on the electric stove.
"We have a regular frying pan, with a lid. We got about a cup and a half of grease... we kind of got it simmering right now,” Roger said.
Before the grease ignites, Fire Prevention Officer Troy Long attaches the "StoveTop FireStop" to the vent hood with its magnet. The instructions say to place it on the vent hood, between the front and back burners. For our test, we are only using one "StoveTop FireStop" on one side on the vent hood.
Now we're ready for our toasty test. Take a look at the grease fire. You can see the flames growing taller on one side of the screen. On the other side you can see a close-up view of the product. The flames reach the hood, before finally igniting the "StoveTop FireStop" fuse... about 90 seconds after the fire really started going.
The dry chemical agent instantly puts out the fire. Officer Troy turns-off the oven. However, a short time later, the grease re-ignites because it's so hot. But it goes out when Troy takes it off the burner.
"I'm pleasantly surprised. It did function as it was designed to do. We did have a small flare-up... But again the flame was manageable, it wasn't the original size of the fire that we had,” Roger said.
Roger says that's why it's important to call the fire department after a kitchen fire.
But what about the time it took to ignite the “StoveTop FireStop”?
"It did take a while. The importance there is to have good working smoke detectors in your home... it was very smoky in here for quite some time,” Roger said.
Does it work?
"Yes,” Roger said.
Roger wanted to point out… that had we installed the second "StoveTop FireStop" over the other set of burners... it may have put-out that flare-up we had at the end of our testing.
The company also makes a device you can use if you have a microwave above your stove, instead of a range hood. The makers say you're able to use the “StoveTop FireStop” with an electric or gas stove, as well as ceramic/glass-top ranges.
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