Has anyone had a fire in their leaf-box?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bluesteel, Aug 2, 2003.

  1. Just wondering if anyone had any stories about leaves catching fire.
  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    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
  3. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    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.
  4. I loaded some wet leaves. I thought it wouldn’t be wise to leave them in there, but I had a couple more small yards to make a full load. Didn’t 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 wasn’t just warm, it was HOT. It looked like there was smoke rolling out of it, but it didn’t 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.
  5. ffemt1271

    ffemt1271 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,285

    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:
  6. Potchkins

    Potchkins LawnSite Senior Member
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  7. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Messages: 3,256

    Knock on wood, no not yet. But I do have an extinguisher in the cab, just incase. And a big water cooler!:)
  8. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,119

    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.
  9. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    wow-thanks for the heads up, i had no idea about that compact leaves giving off heat and EXPLODING:eek:
  10. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    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>

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