RE: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Oily Rags,
the best policy for dealing with a rag soaked in linseed oil is to lay it out flat on concrete or place it in a shop can (metal can with a lid). i use linseed on 90% of my projects and have never had a rag catch fire unintentionally. i simply lay them out flat on the cement outside my shop. about an hour later they are dry. its when they get folded or balled up that they generate enough heat to combust.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto: email@example.com ] On Behalf Of Eric Hess
Sent: Sunday, July 27, 2008 8:55 AM
Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Oily Rags,
We had a customer at Woodcraft come in after putting BLO on his new workbench. He left the rag lying on a table nearby and went inside for lunch, got distracted and came back several hours later just in time to watch the rag burst into flame. He had an exciting few minutes getting that out, but fortunately nothing was seriously damaged. Even one rag can be dangerous. Always be careful.