|Forum topic by jusfine||posted 895 days ago||1199 views||0 times favorited||35 replies|
895 days ago
Working in the shop this morning, I thought my dust collector sounded a bit louder than usual, so I went downstairs (shop is in the loft of the barn, DC is on main floor) to check on it, sure enough, the 55 gallon plastic barrel was full to the top from planing and thicknessing material.
I pulled it out, and wheeled it outside and I had noticed my wife had a small fire going, burning some dead branches after the fall cleanup.
I stayed some distance from the edge of the fire (5’) and slowly dumped the barrel over, no problem so picked up the bottom end and went to dump it totally out, when a bit of the dust shot out of the barrel across the fire.
Yes, it flared up and burned my left hand, I dropped the barrel, and my wife started screaming. That scared me the most.
Fortunately there is only a lack of hair on my hand, the skin is really red but still intact, and typing really hurts and my hand is burning like its still in the fire.
Moral of my story: You are never far enough away from fire when dumping sawdust…
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