Using A Misting System

| 5/15/2018 9:22:00 AM

Tags: mist system, wildfire assist, Bruce McElmurray, Colorado,


What Is A Misting System?

Most people invest in a misting system to cool off in hot weather. A misting system will decrease the temperature by up to 30 degrees through a fine water mist that cools as it sprays over you. Misting systems are popular at theme parks, community parks and other social events where people will be outdoors in the heat and need to cool down. Misting systems are reasonably priced for the individual home/land owner also. A pressurized system can be more costly and perhaps better suited for commercial users.. A home misting system takes water from a garden hose with normal domestic pressure and forces water through  ⅜” tubing and then out through the misting heads which further reduces the water to a mist where it disperses in the air. Misting systems can run as low as forty dollars or for the more sophisticated pressure systems several hundred dollars.

Other Uses

A few years ago we had a wildfire audit by a professional wildfire expert who noticed in other parts of the country he had encountered homes that survived wildfires by using a misting system to keep wooden exposed parts of homes damp. They are not a fail safe or quick fix system nor do they replace the conventional means of protecting structures like removing any combustible material a safe perimeter from the structure. They are a device that will dampen combustible exposed wood if conditions are right. Most wildfires are amplified by wind and wind will also blow mist way from its intended purpose so if a mist system is used the possibility of wind should be considered. The nozzles in the system we have are adjustable and allow for a fine mist or heavier mist.

Is A Misting System Practical? 

When the misting system was described to me I immediately saw the practicality of such a system but recognized it was just one tool in what needs to be a full arsenal in wildfire protection. Due to circumstances or application it may or may not work but I concluded that it was a reasonably priced tool that should be available if needed. I am told that a wildfire can send hot embers up to a mile ahead of the main fire. A misting system that is adjustable in volume and direction may help in such an  event as long distance embers. The system we selected can direct mist up or down and also the volume of water or mist emitted.

5/30/2018 10:46:16 AM

This system looks like it could provide some real protection for very little cost. A project idea I have had on the back burner for a long time is developing a low-cost diy foam fire suppression system. Covering attic vents is another important measure to be taken when threatened by wildfire, as this is a common way for hot embers to get a foothold on a structure. Info about how to do this is available from FEMA in their "Home Builders Guide to Construction in Wildfire Zones."

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