Fire Pots are Dangerous!
At the request of the Maryland State Fire Marshal, FireTEC conducted a study to explore fire and burn hazards associated with fire pots (small ceramic burners used for ambiance lighting). Numerous accidents have been reported in association with these devices.
Our student engineers developed a remote testing device to explore these fire pot accidents. We found that even a small flame can travel up the ‘pour stream’ into the fuel gel container when refilling, creating an explosive fire event splattering burning fuel gel everywhere.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled the fuel used for fire pots and there is a movement to ban these devices. The video shows it all.
Candles are a Much Safer Option!