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Old 06-05-2020, 10:20 PM
Steve9 Steve9 is online now
 
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Default PSA: Boiled Linseed Oil Flammability--It's Real.

Nice YouTube vid, demonstrating the flammability/spontaneous
combustion of BLO-soaked rags.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw5MqfrxM9g
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Old 06-06-2020, 02:41 PM
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That's one of the first lessons I learned in Junior High shop class along with dust explosions. Thanks for posting ,we all need a reminder. Eddie
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Old 06-07-2020, 03:20 PM
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My in-laws had a fire back in February-the workmen had been there earlier in the day finishing the woodwork and left all the rags in a pile in the upstairs hall. Hopefully they will be able to move back in by the end of the year...

Bill
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Old 12-25-2020, 09:02 PM
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My neighbor's newer than mine bouse is an example. He used BLO to finish his deck 15 years ago and left a covered garbage can full of the rags on his deck. When the rags ignited it ended up taking the house with it.
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Old 12-25-2020, 11:34 PM
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What is the best way to handle BLO-soaked rags to prevent this?
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Old 12-26-2020, 12:16 AM
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What is the best way to handle BLO-soaked rags to prevent this?
I just hang them on a line outside until they dry/polymerize.
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Old 12-26-2020, 11:04 AM
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Remember learning of this danger as a child; how adults can't know this, I just don't understand.
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Old 12-26-2020, 11:25 AM
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Remember learning of this danger as a child; how adults can't know this, I just don't understand.
Agree, especially any workman that is specifically using BLO. Mindboggling.
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Old 12-26-2020, 11:32 AM
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I have a coal furnace in garage and just toss them in it when I am done. If they want to combust they can have at it. None ever have I might add. When I have a fire going in the winter it is free heat lol. The rags I use to wipe down stocks are thin, and don't absorb oil like those terry cloth ones so I think that has something to do with it...
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Old 12-27-2020, 06:59 AM
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I have a coal furnace in garage and just toss them in it when I am done. If they want to combust they can have at it. None ever have I might add. When I have a fire going in the winter it is free heat lol. The rags I use to wipe down stocks are thin, and don't absorb oil like those terry cloth ones so I think that has something to do with it...
I used to light them and toss them in my burn barrel.
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