Spontaneous Combustion.

Issue 23 and Volume 1892 12.

Spontaneous Combustion. Among the results brought to light through chemical investigations of the sources of spontaneous combustion, is the fact that sawdust should never be used to collect drippings or leakages. Dry vegetable or animal oil is found to inevitably take fire when saturating cotton waste, at 180 degrees Fahrenheit, and spontaneous combustion occurs more quickly when the cotton is soaked with its own weight of oil. Danger is involved in patent ‘‘dryers” from leakage into sawdust, etc.; oily waste of any kind or waste cloths of silk or cotton, saturated with oil, varnish or turpentine; also linseed oil drippings into a sponge, glycerine or oil of any kind leaking into sawdust, bituminous coal in large heaps of pit coal, hastened by wet, and especially when pyrites are present in the coal—the largerthe greater the liability. Oil on Hour, or water on floor, is productive of spontaneous combustion. In fact,…

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