Surely everyone had seen fire bucket. In addition, each at least once thought about why it has such a strange shape - namely the shape of a cone. On the internet on this topic has been broken in disputes or one hundred copies. In fact, the explanation of conical shape at only one fire bucket, and quite simple and pragmatic.
There are a variety of "wild" version about the fire bucket shape. Like, a bucket can not be stolen (because the farm it will be useless), but still it can not be put on the ground and break. Some even say that the fire buckets made in the form of a cone of metal savings. All this has nothing to do with reality. As already mentioned, the reason for this is only one form.
The real reason is very pragmatic. The fact that the bucket in the shape of a cone filled with water much faster than a bucket with a flat bottom. Due to the conical shape of the bucket is actually instantly goes under the water and scoops it. This is very useful in the event of fire, when every second counts. With flat bucket anything like this can not be done. It falls on the first side and begins to draw water, and only then is lowered into it completely.
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Interesting fact: Minimum capacity fire bucket should be at least 8 liters.
In addition, the tapered shape of the bucket you can use it as a tool to break the thin ice in the winter period. More cone can loosen the ground, which subsequently will be used to extinguish a fire.
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