I Tried To Burn Down My Shop || This Video Will Save Yours

In the video “The Dangers of Spontaneous Combustion in a Woodshop,” Jason Hibbs from Bourbon Moth Woodworking conducts an intriguing and educational experiment to demonstrate the risks of spontaneous combustion with oil-soaked rags in a woodshop environment.

This topic is crucial for safety in woodworking, where finishes like linseed oil are commonly used.

Jason begins by referencing a real-life incident of a fire caused by spontaneously combusting rags in a friend’s shop.

This example underscores the potential hazards these materials pose, even when unattended.

Motivated by this event, Jason sets out to explore how different conditions affect the likelihood of spontaneous combustion in his own woodshop.

Using a controlled setup, he tests three types of finishes: raw linseed oil, boiled linseed oil, and Rubio Monocoat.

Each is applied to rags placed in various common shop scenarios, such as on the floor, in garbage cans, and in sealed containers.

He meticulously arranges these tests to replicate potential everyday circumstances in any woodshop, highlighting the practical relevance of his experiment.

Throughout the video, Jason systematically monitors the temperature of each setup, providing real-time updates on the conditions that lead to increased heat buildup.

His findings are startling and educational, as he successfully captures the moment a rag pile combusts spontaneously, offering visual proof of the phenomenon.

The experiment not only emphasizes the critical nature of proper rag disposal and the dangers of certain wood finishing products but also serves as a practical demonstration of how quickly and unexpectedly these materials can ignite, presenting a severe risk in any woodworking setting.

Jason concludes with important safety tips, such as using metal containers for oil-soaked rag disposal and ensuring these containers are sealed and placed away from any heat sources.

His video serves as a vital reminder of the need for vigilance in managing workshop materials to prevent accidents and ensure a safe working environment.

Please leave a comment to join the discussion