Agri-Ventures: Putting the fire out

Becky Cook

All fire extinguishers are not created equal. There is always new technology coming out, and new inventions based on old technology.

With that being said, the new player in town is called Stop Fyre and is produced by AKE Safety Equipment.

The fire extinguishers that have been available for use the past few decades are a temperamental entity. While most people think that once they are purchased, the deed is done and they are prepared. That is not necessarily the case. The chemicals inside the housing will settle and need to be checked periodically to ensure that they are still viable in case of an actual fire.

Knowing this, a man named Alan Kronebusch created a fire extinguisher that used different principles and bypassed the issues that the older fire extinguishers dealt with.

“It’s different than a dry-chemical fire extinguisher,” said Brian Waite, the local area representative. “The powder-type extinguisher needs maintenance and as it sits for a long time, it hardens and settles. Then when you actually have a fire it won’t work right unless it’s been maintained right. You have to shake them periodically and tip them occasionally to keep the chemicals functioning correctly.”

Years ago, Alan Kronebusch formed the company based on his name — AKE — with the E standing for enterprises, and he came up with a fire extinguisher that chokes out the fire by taking away the oxygen. While the older models rely on having close contact with a fire, these models can be used from farther away.

They are filled with liquid rather than powder. Once it leaves the canister, it expands at a rate of 1,700 to 1, displacing the oxygen that feeds the fire. It is also created to be a multiple-use tool. The older models could only be used once and then needed refilling. These models can be used seven or eight times without servicing and the chemicals inside will remain viable for the life of its use. The canisters also have been created to be picked up and handled by anyone, not like older models that require some substantial muscle to lift.

Waite explained that the Stop Fyre is perfect for agricultural use, as it can be aimed where the fire is without being able to see it — like down a combine throat or under a tractor — allowing a farmer to stay safe while putting out the fire. The canisters are handy to keep anywhere a fire might start like a combine or tractor, or possibly the repair yard.

Stop Fyre is a costlier model than the older versions of fire extinguishers, but they come highly recommended by quite a few fire departments that have used them recently. Their testimonials can be seen at the website For more information, the company can be reached using the toll-free number listed there, 800-586-1639, or by calling Brian Waite on his cellphone at 208-701-9163.

Becky Cook is a regular correspondent for Intermountain Farm & Ranch. She can be reached by contacting F&R managing editor Bill Bradshaw at