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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bluesteel, Aug 2, 2003.
Just wondering if anyone had any stories about leaves catching fire.
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
Not in the truck, but I had a leaf fire in the pile!!! I threw some fireplace ashes(which I thought were cold) on the pile. Luckily my neighbor saw the smoke.
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.
That could have been disastrous.
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.
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.
Knock on wood, no not yet. But I do have an extinguisher in the cab, just incase. And a big water cooler!
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.
wow-thanks for the heads up, i had no idea about that compact leaves giving off heat and EXPLODING
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..<a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/16/16_4_39.gif' border=0></a>