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    Does anyone know of any companies that sell fire resistant fabric?? Specifically the foil covered stuff like those suits that foundry workers wear when their close to the furnace.

    JL..................

  • #2
    There's always McMasterCarr for pre-made stuff: https://www.voguefabricsstore.com/th...nt-fabric.html
    Fabric: https://www.mcallistermills.com/high...rature-fabrics

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    • #3
      Welding blankets? Amazon, welding supply stores, etc

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      • #4
        That shiny stuff you see in the big foundries is not so much flame resistant as it is heat reflective. I'm sure it's also flame resistant but the main application there is to turn away the intense IR heat.

        Welding jackets are made from flame resistant material. Not flame PROOF but hard to get lit. And I'm pretty sure you can get the same material as welding pants. And of course they have welding blankets too. The blankets are to hold in the heat but at the same time they are also very resistant to being ignited. The one I have seems like it's a fiber glass product. But made with finer fibers in each of the big heavy strands than the usual coarse fiber glass used for composites.

        The see through welding curtains are spark resistant. But I'm not sure how flame resistant they are once they start up.
        Chilliwack BC, Canada

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        • #5
          Welding blankets were my first thought prior to starting this post, but was wondering if there were any other options.

          I don't want anything that is really thick and heavy. Looking for something along the order of a T shirt. Maybe a little heavier would be OK.

          I have a fire retardant light weight welding jacket, It's light green in color. I'm sure you guys have seen them before. That weight material would be fine.



          JL................
          Last edited by JoeLee; 12-28-2020, 01:33 PM.

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          • #6
            Found a great selection of them here.

            https://bakersgas.com/pages/search-r...ct&q=blankets*

            JL..................

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            • #7
              Search for Nomex fabric. It's the stuff military flight suits are made from. Good up to 700F.
              Seems pretty readily available.
              Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

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              • #8
                Kevlar is also heat resistant
                Helder Ferreira
                Setubal, Portugal

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by lynnl View Post
                  Search for Nomex fabric. It's the stuff military flight suits are made from. Good up to 700F.
                  Seems pretty readily available.
                  The thing with Nomex is that it's a one time use deal. I used to race cars and had to use a double layer nomex suit by the rules. The idea with Nomex is that in a serious fire the outer fibers actually melt and fuse together and protect the inner fibers so they can act as insulation to protect the person wearing the suit. The single layer with Nomex long undies I used was rated for 30 seconds of fire exposure for the wearer to avoid overly serious injury. The fancy layered suits that look quilted are good for slightly longer exposure.

                  But this form of protection methodology would not make them good for use in a welding area or as protection against splash from a welding or cutting torch. Or I guess it would... as long as we're OK with it being a one time use sort of product.
                  Chilliwack BC, Canada

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                  • #10
                    Not sure what your intended use is.

                    Wool is fire resistant as is without added chemicals. I have long sleeve button up wool shirt that I breakout for small welding jobs.

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                    • #11
                      Over here it’s called Morgan chrome blanket, morganite is the owner ( I have had several dozen suits made of it, it works, I’ve stood 3, away from a stack of slabs 10” thick 9 high 5’ wide at 600 degrees for quite some time, there are undergarments you need btw, but it works
                      mark
                      best flame resist, wool!, we used furnace clothing called Melton cloth, trousers and jackets, again under garments required
                      there was mm1 and mm2, (molten metal)
                      in my op the Melton was better than the chrome, ok it didn’t bounce the infra red but if you got hit by a splash ( and I did regularly, plenty of scars) you faired better, although the test for Melton was 900c most of the stuff splashing about wasn’t iron, it was steel, think 1400+c, plus being hit by a big splash was the same as being hit by a sledgehammer, people forget steel is 8 ish tons a cubic metre
                      mark
                      Last edited by boslab; 12-28-2020, 04:53 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JoeLee View Post
                        Does anyone know of any companies that sell fire resistant fabric?? Specifically the foil covered stuff like those suits that foundry workers wear when their close to the furnace.

                        JL..................
                        I don’t know where to get it but the company I work for makes the material for those suits.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BCRider View Post

                          The thing with Nomex is that it's a one time use deal.
                          A guy that I raced modifieds against had this happen to him, he escaped relatively unharmed.
                          Melted and fused Nomex.




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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by lynnl View Post
                            Search for Nomex fabric. It's the stuff military flight suits are made from. Good up to 700F.
                            Seems pretty readily available.
                            700 Deg for a very short time. They are resistant to ignition but the heat still comes through unless there is some sort of insulation layer underneath.
                            The shortest distance between two points is a circle of infinite diameter.

                            Bluewater Model Engineering Society at https://sites.google.com/site/bluewatermes/

                            Southwestern Ontario. Canada

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                            • #15
                              Bented, now that did its job in fine style. And darn but that's a scary picture.
                              Chilliwack BC, Canada

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