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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…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#1 posted 1068 days ago

Fine sawdust will ignite like gasoline! Ask me how I know. I had a friend who worked in a feed mill while he was in high school. He learned to chew tobacco as they could not smoke in the mill. When I asked him why, he replied that the fine dust is like gas vapors and will ignite/explode in a fraction of a second. He added that could ruin your whole day!

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#2 posted 1068 days ago

Glad it wasn’t worse than it was, plus you probably won’t do that again for a while.

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#3 posted 1068 days ago

Glad you was not hurt.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#4 posted 1068 days ago

Had a similar flare up a few years ago dumping a small trashcan of shorts on a fire, there was a bunch of sawdust on the bottom that I didn’t realize was there.

Luckily for my face there wasn’t more sawdust and the trashcan blocked most of the flame.

Glad to hear your ok, thanks for posting.

-- "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 1068 days ago

Glad you weren’t hurt.

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 1068 days ago

Ah HAH! Sounds like a terrorist activity to me. I’ll call the feds right away.
THe hair will grow back except on my head.


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#7 posted 1068 days ago

composting is way safer and makes for a nice garden!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#8 posted 1068 days ago

Glad to hear your ok as well…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 1068 days ago

I am a bit of a pyromaniac, I love fire. I have been bitten several times and am always amazed at fires lack of consideration for flesh. I am glad you came out of this altercation with no more than a superficial burn. Life with fire is always a learning experience. Thanks for the warning.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#10 posted 1068 days ago


That could have been serious. Glad it wasn’t, and I hope your wife has recovered. Lesson to all; be careful.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#11 posted 1068 days ago

Sorry to change the subject a little, but I remember a post a month or so ago about grounded dust collection exhausting from a dust collector. The general consensus was that it was not necessary to ground, I should have thrown my 2 cents worth in at the time. This, on a different scale, proves that grounded dust collection is necessary. Anything I have read states that it is a necessary evil. A large grain elevator in Halifax N.S. exploded a few years ago. The elevator was empty, with only dust left. Be careful out there. I’m glad your injuries weren’t worse, Jusfine.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#12 posted 1068 days ago

my wife started screaming. That scared me the most…..I had to laugh. Yep I know what you mean.

Maybe I can get my truck to run on that stuff.

Glad your ok.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#13 posted 1068 days ago

Thanks guys, I appreciate the kind thoughts, I worked through the pain…which is considerably less now and I have only puffy blisters on my hairless fingers.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#14 posted 1068 days ago

try that once more and maybe you can get her to empty the sawdust for you…....just a thought.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#15 posted 1068 days ago

does it work like gas if I put it in my car? lol

-- My purpose in life: Making sawdust

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