Charcoal and Spontaneous Combustion!

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  1. Jim

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    The following advice is given by almost every US fire department. Though in the UK, the "danger" does not get a mention anywhere.

    It would be nice to know as I always have around 10kgs in a locker and spontaneous combustion there would be a bummer. :Eek!:

    Anybody else heard of this phenomenon? Or is it the American equivalent of the British "never draw 6 amps without completely unwinding your 25m cable or the whole campsite will ignite.:BigGrin:"
     
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    Wonder if you could grind it up and put it in the fuel tank? :Doh:
    Dave:thumb:
     
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    Thanks, so I'm OK with my charcoal then Jim. But should I fully unwind my cable? :BigGrin:
     
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    Just the job if you've got a JET engine. :thumb:
     
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    Jim you should NEVER keep your cable and charcoal in the same locker as your A frame:thumb:
     
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    is this what they mean by 'easy lighting charcoal' ? :Rofl1:
     
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    seen this happen, although we were using a lot more amps than 6
     
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    Me too , not so long ago and against all my own advice .. :Blush:

    I melted an extension cable wound on a drum ( too lazy to unwind) using a small angle grinder .. less than 6 amps so you don't need to pull high currents..
     
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    about 20 amps with a 13 amp fuse, cable and plug melted before fuse blew.
     
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    Jim, I think you have proved by experiment that charcoal doesn't spontaneously catch fire.
    Along with the thousands of others.
    Especially the guys delivering charcoal by lorry from lorries packed with the stuff.

    If you are genuinely worried though.
    Carry the charcoal briquettes with you.
    They are never going to self ignite because the air can't get inside them quickly enough.
     
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    On a serious note Jim ..

    I wouldn't carry the latest self lighting charcoal that's now on sale.. that's maybe pushing your luck.. :Laughing:
     
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    geo... you mean charcoal , cable ,a frame,gas bottle filler,green garden hose, etc etc. :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Airtight ammo boxes are cheap enough if you want a safe store for your charcoal.
     
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    PLEASE REMOVE SURPLUS AMMUNITION OR HAND GRENADES BEFORE USE:Eeek::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Charcoal and Sponataneous Combustion??? It's not one I have come across in my time.................nor likely to now. :Rofl1:

    Many items of a natural composition, which decompose/oxidise are susceptible to "spontaneous combustion" given the correct set of circumstances and variations on conditions, ie, atmospheric conditions, types of materials, contaminants present, temperatures, types of storage, etc, however, it is usually as a result of prolonged storage where any heat build up cannot escape.

    Anyway, I promised myself that I wouldn't get involved with this one. :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Jock.

    P.S. Shame on you boys for not uncoiling the cable reel. :Wink:
     
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    Hey,i learn something new every day!:thumb: i`d heard about uncoiling electrical wires before using, i always pull out the entire lead from the hoover before i use it, but i`d never heard about carcoal spontaneously combusting!!!:Eeek:

    I find that quite worrying:Doh: good job i have a cadac then, problem solved :thumb:
     
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    Hi when I was working we imported coal for cokemaking and I can't ever remember this happening. Then we got contracts to
    import "steam" coal for use in power stations and spontaneous combustion was a regular occurence. this is well known on power station stockpiles. I think it's because of the high volatile content. In the case of coke all the volatiles are burnt off so I think it's very unlikely to happen. :BigGrin:
     
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    Hi, Do i detect some boasting here :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

     
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    PLEASE REMOVE SURPLUS AMMUNITION OR HAND GRENADES BEFORE USE

    Let's not be too hasty here Geo.
    They could be just the jolly job for getting the party off with a bang.
     
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