What to Bring to Whitlow Enterprises Smoke School
Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know just what you are going to get. Not so with Whitlow Smoke School Nation. We are prepared just like the Boy Scouts. We do our homework just to be sure that everything is ready and waiting for you when you get there. Our smoke machine will be calibrated and well maintained to avoid any significant delays. You will have a roof over your head in case it starts raining. You will have a contrasting background so you can read opacity on cloudy days. We will have fresh made coffee, fresh doughnuts, ice cold water and soft drinks. We will cook you up a mouth watering lunch. Whitlow provides EPA Method 9 test sheets, practice sheets, critique sheets, Ringelmann smoke pocket charts, ink pens, rubber bands to keep you on the right test lines, and self registration forms for your next visit in 6 months. We will teach you the fundamentals of reading opacity and how to pass the EPA Method 9 certification test. We will set up the optimal conditions for taking the certification test. We will double check to make sure you maintain the correct observer position with contrasting background, sun position, and parallel wind direction. We make sure that you are at least 3 stack-heights back so you will have the correct vertical angle of 18 degrees or less. Remember that you always read the background, not the smoke. 25% opacity means that 25% of the background is obscured by the smoke. Read the background using an observation point that is the densest part of the plume. This would be the first 2 feet at the end of our smokestack where the plume is still approximately 12 inches in diameter. We have a positive attitude and it is contagious. We bring prizes to add an element of competition to see who makes the best score. This is your game and you are a winner.
We only have room for a few yard chairs, so bring one. Bring bug spray and suntan lotion. Check out our webpage for the test location where you are attending and dress appropriately in casual cloths like shorts, t-shirts or hunting gear. Wear a hat so you want blind anyone with your bald head.
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