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Spontaneous combustion possible with pellets?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by lizman, Aug 17, 2006.

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  1. lizman

    lizman New Member

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    My wife mentioned to one of her co-workers that we were stocking up on pellets and the work involved moving them into our basement. The co-worker said he heard that if you stack pellets too high that the weight on the lower pellets could cause spontaneous combustion!

    Is this real? Seems highly unlikely to me.

    We are going to be stacking 4 tons in 3 stacks of 5 bags per level.

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  2. Metal

    Metal Minister of Fire

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    Impossible.
  3. MountainStoveGuy

    MountainStoveGuy New Member

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    Mabey if you stacked the holz hauzen (sp.?) and you had a corealis effect in the middle?
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    smirnov3 Feeling the Heat

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    Urban legend.

    they are probably thinking about grain elevators exploding.
    But those go BOOM when they are mostly empty (and a spark sets off the fine dust floating in the air, which leads to rapid combustion of the dust, which releases a lot of energy VERY quickly).
  5. Choppedliver

    Choppedliver New Member

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    We stack Pallets of Pellets, 3 tons tall, that whould be 30 bags tall total. I hope the don't Spontaneously do anything.
  6. Shane

    Shane Minister of Fire

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    Never seen or heard of that. I say it's a rumor spread by corn burners to further their corn burning agenda! ;-)
  7. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I did have some four year old oak on the breeze-way that I commented to my wife that I was afraid to smoke around it, it burned so well.
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Yep. Burned up on the hearth and they say it was spontanious combustion. She spilled the tall Scotch while she was poking the fire is what she did.
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    wg_bent Minister of Fire

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    It does happen to humans! Didn't you guys ever see "This is Spinal Tap"?
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    This effect got me banned but nobody proven that smoke does not spiral in a chimney.
    LOL here,, but I have a mind that remembers. Even Moderators are not exempt from reprisal.
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    he he he he :)
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    cept those combust due to the heat generated due to the fact that they are decomposing. Dry pellets, in bags, lack the water needed in the decomposition process.
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