I am finally getting a grasp on how to use particles on EffectsLab, and it is friggin' sweet! I'll try and make a video of a burning building and upload it here.
The result of all of this is that eventually I will be able to create digital fire effects, blood spurts or sprays, water effects, and smoke. There is a whole list of things I can do with particles. I am just giddy with the very notion of what can be done.