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Smoke signals

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Offline mr&mrstigerwrangler

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Smoke signals
« on: April 22, 2018, 10:59:44 PM »
Where do i get the small red smoke signals for hiking? Googled and this seems to be an issue.
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Re: Smoke signals
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2018, 12:29:30 AM »

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Offline House Made of Dawn

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Re: Smoke signals
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2018, 11:21:24 AM »
The Orion smoke signal (see Txlj's post above) is probably your best bet. It's highly recommended, very easy to use, and carried by thousands of people in many different circumstances. At 4 ounces, it's a little heavy for my tastes, but it has the significant advantages of being safe to hold in the hand while deploying, and has a built-in igniter. 60 seconds is a pretty good burn-time. Orange smoke is what most rescue devices use. Personally, I've found red smoke stays visible a little longer, but orange does just fine.  You might want to consider carrying two (if two people are hiking together, each can carry one). That allows you to signal twice: once to gain attention of an overflight or distant searcher, and again once you've gotten their attention, to pinpoint your location).

I carry smoke cartridges made by the Swedish company Bjornax, which are designed mainly for air-flow testing in HVAC applications.  They're tiny (2.5" x 3/4") and incredibly lightweight (about .6 ounce each), However, they are NOT designed to be handheld, and they require an external ignition source (a Bic lighter or simple match works fine). All combustible smoke emitters, if improperly used, can start an unwanted fire. With the Bjornax models, you have to be be especially aware of what you're doing when you deploy them. (Being the center of a wildfire will make everything a whole lot worse for everybody.) I use the S104R model that puts out 1200 cubic feet of thick red smoke over a 3-4 minute period. I carry two of these with me in a small waterproof ziploc, along with a few other emergency items. Here is link to a site with info on the Bjornax (sometimes also called Regin) smoke cartridges. There is a video, too, which gives you a pretty good idea of what the smoke looks like, though the cartridges in the video are S105's which put out 2500 cubic feet. So, larger than what I use.

http://hvacep.com/shop/testing-equipment-instruments/smoke-emitter-test-products/regin-s104-x-msds-18-gr-colored-emitters/?v=7516fd43adaa

You can also buy them online from Amazon, here's a link (ignore the MeterMall vendor name - it's the same Bjornax product, just re-branded). The link includes some nice reviews of the product, but it appears that the red color is currently sold out:

https://www.amazon.com/MeterMall-S104R-Colored-Emitter-Cartridges/dp/B01D6N91FC

The orange, however, is still available.  Be aware, the Bjornax can only be bought in sets of at least five, so it'll cost you over $20 for the set, but you'll get FIVE smoke signals and FIFTEEN times the burn-time of a single Orion signal. The Bjornax cartridges have a shelf life of three years:

https://www.amazon.com/MeterMall-S104O-Colored-Emitter-Cartridges/dp/B06X99B6QN/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1524498303&sr=8-1&keywords=metermall+smoke+orange+s104
« Last Edit: April 23, 2018, 11:34:35 AM by House Made of Dawn »
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Offline mr&mrstigerwrangler

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Re: Smoke signals
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2018, 02:50:39 PM »
Thanks so much

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