To help meet unprecedented levels of demand for fire resistance testing, Warringtonfire has recently completed the modification of its small-scale furnace in High Wycombe, with the result that it is now capable of testing full-scale single leaf doorsets.

The original 1.5m x 1.5m cube furnace was able to conduct both vertical and horizontal testing for fire stopping products including pipe penetrations, linear joint seals and indicative test samples.

Through the fabrication of a bespoke fitment, the modified furnace now measures 1.5m x 1.5m x 2.5m. This fitment can be added to the furnace as and when required which means that the capability of the original furnace is retained.

The modified furnace is now also capable of testing single leaf doorsets with dimensions up to 1.1m (w) and 2.3m (h) to BS EN1634-1, built into a blockwork supporting construction.

Rob Veitch, Executive Vice President for Warringtonfire said:

‘In response to the unprecedented levels of demand for the fire testing of doorsets from our customers, we looked at how we could quickly increase capacity. The solution was to modify our small scale furnace in High Wycombe in a way that not only retained the equipment’s existing capabilities, but also extended these to include the full-scale testing of single-leaf doorsets. The resulting increase in capacity will help to reduce lead times for those customers wanting to test their fire doors’.

With final commissioning work complete, the new furnace is now fully operational, providing immediate additional testing capacity.