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"Oh, bleep" moment last night

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by briv, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. briv

    briv New Member

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    I was going through my normal routine last night of moving around the coals before loading up the stove for the night. For some reason I grabbed the shovel from my fireplace tool set instead of the poker. Started moving the coals around and suddenly the shovel was on fire and letting of nasty, nauseating fumes. "Oh, bleep!!" There was a moment of decision making and I almost (I said almost) ran through my house with a flaming shovel to throw it outside (probably would have ended badly). Instead I quickly unscrewed the handle which gave me just enough room to put the shovel entirely in my stove and close the door. Ran outside and grabbed the bucket of water I keep next to my outdoor fireplace, brought it inside, pulled the shovel out with my welders gloves and dumped it in the water. No major crisis but hair raising none the less.

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  2. Stubborn Dutchman

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    Pretty quick thinking, I'd say. Glad there was no damage done to you or your home.
  3. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    On a positive note, there isn't any paint left on it to burn now. ;-)
  4. mikepinto65

    mikepinto65 Minister of Fire

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    Maybe he used a wooden shovel :lol:
  5. Bub381

    Bub381 Minister of Fire

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    Good point. :red:
  6. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    Never heard of a flamable shovel. Must be an ornamental set not intended for real use.

    I often use the shovel along with the poker when I have some challenging rearranging to do. Also, before I made a coal rake/ash hoe, the shovel did the job.
  7. oldspark

    oldspark Guest

    I'm glad somebody brought it up cause I was wondering myself, one forum member had a cheap shovel and the paint started on fire and he had to throw it outside, it was a funny post.
  8. Bub381

    Bub381 Minister of Fire

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    No need for name calling.ASH/HOE.Just joking.
  9. WoodpileOCD

    WoodpileOCD Minister of Fire

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    :lol:
    ;-)
  10. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    That would be me. :grrr:
  11. briv

    briv New Member

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    I knew I shouldn't have used the plastic shovel from my summer sand castle set. ;)
  12. pastera

    pastera Feeling the Heat

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    Been there - done that with a stove too small to stick the whole thing into

    Just explain the nasty smell to the wife and move on - Nothing to see here folks
  13. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Well now that you've burned off the paint you should be good to go from here on in . . . did that with my shovel in the first season . . . caught it on fire I mean . . . I pretty much just let the paint burn off before pulling it out . . . it has bee fine since then.
  14. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Hum.... Never had a shovel catch on fire before. That must have been an eye opener!
  15. SnapCracklePop

    SnapCracklePop Feeling the Heat

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    "Also, before I made a coal rake/ash hoe, the shovel did the job."

    {perking up; sitting on my hind legs}

    Pix? Parts list? Assembly directions?

    As someone once said, pix or it didn't happen...

    Nancy
  16. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    firecracker_77 Minister of Fire

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    That avatar pic is hilarious by the way. Hasselhoff is an icon in Germany. Back to the thread. Yes, very quick thinking. My stove is on ceramic tile out to the door, so I could just run outside and have, but I'm still not sure how that paint caught fire and why they would sell that shovel if it was easily flammable.
  18. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Maybe they figure most folks will only be using the shovel to clean out cool ash . . . or maybe it is cheaply made? In any case I suspect you will find that you have no more issues with that shovel.
  19. firecracker_77

    firecracker_77 Minister of Fire

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    I bought a cheap set of tools and they are metal. Wood has no place near a hot stove except that which is fuel.
  20. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Person make shovel no understand Engrish and no read about combrustibles.

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