It’s fire season. Let us have a safe summer. Ignorance is NOT bliss if you happen to be working with linseed oil!
One of my son’s goals is to learn how to start fires in a variety of ways. This is one of the steps he is taking toward his bigger goal which is be a modern Angus Macgyver. To be a Macgyver, Will has to have knowledge of maths, chemistry, physics, botany and bush skills. He earned the right to set and tend fires at age 9 when he demonstrated his understanding and respect for fire danger. Fires are important for cooking, boiling water, heating, signaling, and scaring off critters. It is well worth our time to master a variety of firecraft methods.
I was looking for another way to start a fire when I found this survival skills blog with a very detailed experiment involving linseed oil and cotton rags. He illustrates how spontaneous combustion occurs when the right amount of air mixes with these two materials.
We will try this experiment, but I don’t plan to blog about it because the following blogger has already done a fine job of explaining the process. If you ever work with linseed oil, I recommend you read this blog to understand how to avoid this strange phenomena. http://www.wildwoodsurvival.com/survival/fire/spontaneouscombustion/rbjul05/index.html
My goal is to teach practical skills, then wrap a homeschool lesson around what we learn. Of course, learning safety rules is a very important life skill! I found fire terminology here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire.
While looking for more information on spontaneous combustion, I found this articles. Please notice these are recent articles! What they all have in common was the hay was too moist at the time it was baled.
- http://southeastfarmpress.com/livestock/keep-temperature-check-high-moisture-hay – May 31, 2012 – Keep temperature check on high-moisture hay
- http://www.kimatv.com/news/local/Looking-for-a-fire-bug-Outlook-haystack-fire-is-second-in-a-week-156341485.html – June 1, 2012 – Straw fire is second in 12 hours
As I said I hope we have a fire safe summer. Now, more than ever, we need to be vigilant. Please keep our town and our fire department in prayer. Another budget cut possibility is being discussed. Hemet Fire Department facing layoffs [20 June 2012] http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/hemet/hemet-headlines-index/20120620-hemet-fire-department-facing-layoffs.ece.