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Birch bark fire

Can it spontaniously combust?

roodkapje
post 15.Nov.2012, 09:57 AM
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That is my question. when it is in an ikea bag? I woke up to a fire this morning, thanks to fire alarms and an extinguisher I could put it out.
Still in shock.
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johnjohn
post 15.Nov.2012, 10:41 AM
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Not very likely. I have seen oil soked rags spontaneously combust as well as piles of damp grass. Just can't imagine birch logs but stranger things have happened like spontaneous human combination. Calling Trowbridge!
 
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Puffin
post 15.Nov.2012, 11:03 AM
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Is it "pure" logs or bark or are we talking about a bark firelighter product that has been soaked in something?
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roodkapje
post 15.Nov.2012, 11:09 AM
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:-)It were not logs but pieces of dried curled up birch bark. a whole ikea bag full. I know about rags and oils.
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skogsbo
post 15.Nov.2012, 11:26 AM
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sounds curious, agree it's one for trowbridge, ever worked for the intelligence services?

...anyway... birch bark does burn very easily and quickly, no problems lighting it off a match in seconds, but not sure where the source of ignition could come from. Do you have very old windows that have sunken and bubbled glass, that could act like a magnifying glass? It's a puzzler.
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roodkapje
post 15.Nov.2012, 11:39 AM
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I know enough now, I was hoping it could spontaniously ignate, now that's unlikely, I know the cause.
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johnjohn
post 15.Nov.2012, 11:39 AM
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Sounding more plausable. Compost can get hot enough to spontaneously combust as in grass clippings. A rich oxygen environment greatly helps like on a cold dry day. If you bark was composting and lets say exposed to an outside draft I believe it is possible.
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johnjohn
post 15.Nov.2012, 11:44 AM
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QUOTE (roodkapje @ 15.Nov.2012, 10:39 AM) *
I know enough now, I was hoping it could spontaniously ignate, now that's unlikely, I know the cause.

Using the creme brulee torch while imbibing?
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skogsbo
post 15.Nov.2012, 11:47 AM
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QUOTE (roodkapje @ 15.Nov.2012, 11:39 AM) *
I know enough now, I was hoping it could spontaniously ignate, now that's unlikely, I know the cause.

exploding light bulb?
throwing cigarette ends across the room?
child playing with matches?
experimenting with incendiary timers?
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johnjohn
post 15.Nov.2012, 12:10 PM
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Trying to duplicate crazy Swede's homemade kitchen nuclear reactor?
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skogsbo
post 15.Nov.2012, 01:17 PM
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Trow's space laser?

I think the Op at least owes us the whole story.
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Svensksmith
post 15.Nov.2012, 04:43 PM
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In my 30 years of being a sloyd instructor I have never had any wood chips, shavings or anything like that spontaneously combust. The one and only time I had a case of spontaneous combustion was when a kid left a linseed oil soaked rag out on a workbench and I failed to notice it. Of course there was a school board meeting that night and the superintendent of schools smelled the smoke. Thank God for tenure.
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Puffin
post 15.Nov.2012, 07:45 PM
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QUOTE (skogsbo @ 15.Nov.2012, 01:17 PM) *
Trow's space laser?

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Bender B Rodriquez
post 15.Nov.2012, 08:29 PM
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QUOTE (roodkapje @ 15.Nov.2012, 12:09 PM) *
:-)It were not logs but pieces of dried curled up birch bark. a whole ikea bag full. I know about rags and oils.

Did it come from a workshop? In that case it may have been exposed to linseed oil which is a source of spontaneous combustion.
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