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Radioactive wood pellets recalled

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by packerfan, Jun 14, 2009.

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  1. packerfan

    packerfan Feeling the Heat

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  2. northwinds

    northwinds Minister of Fire

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    Just saw it. Makes one wonder how the pellets became contaminated.

    "The results showed that they contained caesium 137, a highly toxic radioactive substance normally produced by a nuclear explosion or from the combustion of a nuclear reactor."
  3. JustWood

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    I once had a dumpster load of scrap metal rejected at the scrap yard because it set off the radiation detector. They sent out a worker with a hand held geiger counter and we found an old military issue compass with a glow in the dark needle in the load which set it off. Removed the compass from the load and it went through the detector, no problem. The scrap yard worker said that alot of old military stuff comes in that sets the radiation detector off as well as people who have had chemotherapy.
  4. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Sounds to me like Italians are buying their pellets from North Korea. :wow:
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    Some quick wiki search info, don't buy any wood products from the Chernobyl area.

    Rad facts link
  6. BrotherBart

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    Well damn. I have to cancel that three cord delivery. >:-(

    I was looking forward to the stove starting to glow without me even lighting the fire.
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    BJN644 Feeling the Heat

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    And with a half life of 30 years it can be passed on for generations to come.
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    So if you fill up the hopper you do not need to light the stove, just live the hopper open..........

    Eric
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    Don't let the EPA find out. They will start requiring permits to buy pellets!
    Greg
  10. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Or set chimney radiation emission levels and require testing.
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    And i thought the Maine Woods Pellets made toxic waste!
    My monthly peck at Maine Woods!
  12. stoveguy2esw

    stoveguy2esw Minister of Fire

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    actually the "glowing" element in the compass is likely Tritium, which is actually quite pricy and is also used in some high end watches in extremely small quantities, if i remember right it has a half life of 11 years or so , but i could be wrong , been a while since i looked that up(not somthing i need to know every day)
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    There is all sorts of stuff you use every day that is radio active and sets off those monitors. A load of crused stone and especially grinding wheels will often as well . It's all over the place out there and always was. I doubt I would want a lot of it burning in a stove though.
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    The glowing hands on compasses and watches of that era is from Radium, H3 doesn't glow unless exposed to ionizing radiation and Cs does not glow at all.
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    I once worked at a old Watch Factory in Waltham Ma...home of the old Waltham Watch.
    A lot of workers died painting the dials of those clocks with the nasty Radium paint. The people would actually lick and twist the brush in their mouths to get it to a fine point so they could allpy the tpaint to the dial faces!
    The government came in and eventually shut it down...but they never found the toxic paint.
    Anytime we would do any construction in the place...we always expected to find the nasty paint behind a fake wall.
    On a side note...in the sub basement of the Watch factory was a fallout shelter for a clock. Before the atomic clock...they used to have standard time pieces to keep time...and one was in Waltham...save the clock...screw the workers!
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    That isn't the place they had the piece on Discovery or History channel a few years back was it? The place that is all blocked up and no one can build anything on even today because it is still so hot. That was one sad place to work. It is hard to believe anybody can be so nasty and oblivious as not to notice how that stuff was affecting everyone, pretty sad but of history no doubt being played out right now in China and India with other substances.
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    i don't know...
    But it is on the National Historic Building site.
    here is a little on the history of the plant

    is quite old
    http://www.antique-pocket-watch.com/waltham-pocket-watch-company.html
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    my dad worked in that building for a while, it is right on the bank of the charles and has a solar observatory in one end (to set the clocks and check acuracy) that still was there(?). Then the company got bought and the new owners changed a lot of things.
    the biggest and most dangerous source of radiation around rises and sets everyday, it is also responsable for seasonal climate changes and global climate changes, Just lay out on the beach for a day and you will see the effects of this massive continuous fusion reactor.
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