just about close to it...we had to put on masks to get into the leaf trailer to empty out the leaves because of rain for 3 whole days. Was not fun, but I tell you one thing, I do think that if it had a couple more days something could have happened
I loaded some wet leaves. I thought it wouldnt be wise to leave them in there, but I had a couple more small yards to make a full load. Didnt end up making it to the dump until a couple days later, so that wet layer ended up in the middle.
When I did unload, that middle layer wasnt just warm, it was HOT. It looked like there was smoke rolling out of it, but it didnt smell; so it must have been water vapor, not quite steam. I carry four fire extinguishers on my rig, but that stuff could be explosive.
leaves and grass will catch fire if they are in an area with no ventilation and are packed fiairly tight. most people say it's spontaneous combustion, but it's actually a fire resulting from heat of decomposition. As organic matter decomposes, it gives off heat and if not allowed to escape, it will heat leaves, grass,cloth, and trash to it's ignition temperature, resulting in a fire.:blob2:
as far as explosive, i live on a farm. we were baling hay one day when it started to rain, grass got wet, but finished out the bale i was on. just happened to dump it right behind the milking barn. 3 days later it decided to explode. sounded like a 500 lb bomb. blew grass everywhere and set the ground on fire.:dizzy:
Our leaf vacuum caught fire, but not the dump trailer itself. Pretty scary, I was empty handed and had to run to get the blower to put it out. No damage to anything, but I sure wish Lesco designers wouldn't have put the muffler where it is.
I wish Trac Vac had better designed the exhaust on our loader.We had it on the a - frame of an older trailer two years ago, and didn't pay attn to where the exhaust was.Smelled smoke, and here it had caught the side board on fire, and burnt a three inch dia. hole thru.It didn't flame up until I shut off the vac.Fire extinguisher put it out in seconds, also have had a few dry leaves catch fire on top of the unit.Be extra careful around dry leaves with hot engines..
Well, i had my box on the back of my dumptruck FULL of leaves catch on fire. dont know how, but we were blowing the leaves into the back of it, then i started smelling something funny, looked up and smoe was coming out every crack possible. i yelled to all the other guys to through the blower off the truck and get the hell outta the way, cuz i was gonna dump it, but then thinking, wait dump it back onto the pile and make a bigger fire, i think not. ran around the house like chickens with heads cut off found buckets and started dumping it in the vent holes. luckly we got it out before there was major problems. needless to say we keep a couple extra fire extingusers in the truck when doing leaves. and it was a good thing that when i told a couple guys the leaves were on fire, they looked at me like "so, whats your point" they got a biff up back the head after we got the fire out.
I have a Billy Goat 16hp leaf loader, tailgate mount. The damn thing back fired as I was lowering the throttle. Instant Fire! Fortunately, my buddy came running over with a water botle and we got it out before it spread to the box. I was doing a clean up at a public park too. Would have been great publicity if I needed to call the fire dept.
Knock on wood sofar have yet to have a fire in the leaf box. However have ran into small fires near the engine of the leaf loader. Leaves would collect near the exhaust of the engine and light up. Nothing serious but something to think about.
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