LumberJocks

What do you do with Boiled Linseed Oil rags safely?; i.e. Watco, straight BLO, etc.

  • Advertise with us

« back to Finishing forum

Forum topic by steve6678 posted 646 days ago 3981 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View steve6678's profile

steve6678

438 posts in 685 days


646 days ago

I have probably danced with the Devil too many times with these rags of death.
I put them in a Metal Covered can with half water, but what to do after…I just bag em’ and Trash em’, but I don’t like this method, and when i do a good size project the shop towels add up, and up

-- Steve - Dust sucks!


17 replies so far

View steve6678's profile

steve6678

438 posts in 685 days


#1 posted 646 days ago

from a Linseed website

...”You know, like in the Sci-Fi movies when people suddenly burst into flames. Linseed oil dries through oxidation, and the process releases heat. The faster the oxidation, the more the greater the heat. A pile of rags or paper towels soaked with linseed oil can actually start burning without warning, leading to the manufacturer’s warning that all oil-soaked rags should be stored under water in a covered, metal container, or washed before storage or disposal.”

Washed…before storage or disposal…
I am not washing 8 million shop towels.
So, what’s the best way to deal with these rags of potential burning power.

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

View Tedster's profile

Tedster

2270 posts in 836 days


#2 posted 646 days ago

I lay them flat or hang them, outdoors, to dry. Same with solvent soaked rags. I also never store them anywhere that would allow a fire to spread. I’m not concerned about the rags catching fire but, rather, about the rags catching other stuff on fire. Once they’re dry I just throw them away. But still, I do not clump them all together. I’ve never had a rag fire occur and I believe it’s because I never clump them in a bundle.

-- I support the 28th Amendment. http://www.wolf-pac.com/28th

View lumberjoe's profile

lumberjoe

2829 posts in 873 days


#3 posted 646 days ago

I usually just help them along. When I am done for the night, they go in the outdoor fireplace with the sawdust. I use the blue shop towels. I went through every old t-shirt in the house and got sick of buying rags. They work well.

For the record, I didn’t see it, but I got one to combust. I left a bunch balled up in the outdoor fireplace overnight. The next day it was black dust. I was a pretty warm night, but not super warm.

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

View steve6678's profile

steve6678

438 posts in 685 days


#4 posted 646 days ago

I use Blue Shop Towels also, Hundreds of them, but I have been dousing them in a metal can with water, covering it until trash day and bagging them and sending it out with the weekly trash. I have no idea what happens to them afterwards.
I can’t see hanging up hundreds of towels…
I don’t have an area where I can burn.

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

View Wdwerker's profile

Wdwerker

332 posts in 858 days


#5 posted 646 days ago

I hang them outside on a metal railing untill dry,usually overnight, then into the dumpster. Flat and spread out prevents concentration of the heat.
Used oil from a deep fryer ( cold) poured over cat litter in a closed plastic trash can caused spontaneous combustion at my in laws house. Be careful!

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

View Kreegan's profile

Kreegan

1452 posts in 772 days


#6 posted 646 days ago

Set them on fire in the driveway. Controlled burn baby!

Rich;)

View steve6678's profile

steve6678

438 posts in 685 days


#7 posted 646 days ago

Wow.
I never had a tight space basement shop like I have now, and I get the rags out EVERYnight,

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

View steve6678's profile

steve6678

438 posts in 685 days


#8 posted 646 days ago

Ha, I hear ya but I have houses 20 feet on either side.

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

View JimDaddyO's profile

JimDaddyO

286 posts in 1704 days


#9 posted 646 days ago

I drape mine flat over a concrete block and let them dry.

-- I still have all my fingers

View ChuckV's profile

ChuckV

2398 posts in 2152 days


#10 posted 646 days ago

I lay mine out on the walls of our outdoor firepit. When they are dry, I toss them into the pit. The next time we have a fire in the pit they provide quite the starter!

I’m tempted to bunch them up in a corner of the inside of the pit as an experiment.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

View Stephenw's profile

Stephenw

273 posts in 1010 days


#11 posted 646 days ago

Stretch a line outside. Hang them on the line with clothespins until they are dry.

Throw them in the trash after the can is placed curb side.

-- http://www.garagebulletin.com/

View lumberjoe's profile

lumberjoe

2829 posts in 873 days


#12 posted 646 days ago

Chuck, if you read above, I did that a few times. They burned once. I didn’t see it but I came out to ashes instead of rags the next day

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

View ChuckV's profile

ChuckV

2398 posts in 2152 days


#13 posted 646 days ago

Joe,

I wonder if I could convince my family to help provide 24-hr surveillance?

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

View lumberjoe's profile

lumberjoe

2829 posts in 873 days


#14 posted 646 days ago

You could get a surveillance camera set-up pretty cheap online. There are a couple of youtube videos that show the rags smolder and catch fire as well.

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

View Bsmith's profile

Bsmith

295 posts in 1295 days


#15 posted 645 days ago

Great info. Be sure everyone in the house is educated about the dangers too. I have a friend who after refinishing some furniture laid out his rags for the night. His wife came along behind him cleaning up his mess, she picked up all the rags and tossed them in the corner of the back porch. They got out unhurt but the house was a total loss.

-- Bryan

showing 1 through 15 of 17 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase