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Old 02-03-2011, 10:31 AM
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Be careful what kind of block heater you use.

http://www.denverpost.com/recommended/ci_17272515

Workers using an alternative heating method in abominably cold weather this morning sparked a fire at a mountain landfill.

The fire broke out about 9:40 a.m. at the Summit County landfill, just off of U.S. Highway 6 between Keystone and Dillon, said Steve Lipsher, a Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue spokesman.

Workers at the landfill put a pan with lit charcoal in it under a semi-tractor's oil pan, in an attempt to help heat the engine in minus 30 degree weather, and the tractor caught fire.

"This is one of those things that is directly related to the weather," Lipsher said. "They had a unique adaptation for handling it."

No one was injured in the fire.

Two engines and seven firefighters raced to the dump to douse the fire. Two tractors, which are used to haul refuse around the landfill, were damaged.

"It was an accidental fire," Lipsher said. "They clearly didn't mean to torch the truck."

It took firefighters about an hour to put out the fire and mop up.

Read more: Summit Co. tip: Don't warm the engine with lit charcoal - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/recommended/ci_17272515#ixzz1CuFld05m
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:42 AM
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:53 AM
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BBQ'd tractor! (I can't believe they didn't have a fire extiguisher at a commercial operation like that.)
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:26 AM
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it's REALLY hard to extinguish an oil fire. it's MUCH harder to do it under the hood of a burning piece of equipment...
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John HAUL AWAY, OR CRUSHED CARS!!! HELP ME keep the cars out of the crusher! A/C Thread
"as I ride with my a/c on... I have fond memories of sweaty oily saturdays and spewing R12 into the air. THANKS for all you do!

My drivers:
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:24 PM
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that's what happens when you replace steel fuel lines with plastic ones.... haven't been able to heat a truck that way or with a blowtorch over here for 30 odd years
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"This is one of those things directly related to the weather" should read "this is one of those things directly related to stupidity." Any other course of action would have been better than that one, including doing nothing.
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:29 PM
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yea... light a fire undersomething that most certainly leaks oil.... good show
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:41 PM
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Perhaps it's worth mentioning that warming up one's engine with a tray of charcoal briquettes has been suggested on this forum on the past.
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:44 PM
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"this is one of those things directly related to stupidity." Any other course of action would have been better than that one, including doing nothing.
perfect.
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John HAUL AWAY, OR CRUSHED CARS!!! HELP ME keep the cars out of the crusher! A/C Thread
"as I ride with my a/c on... I have fond memories of sweaty oily saturdays and spewing R12 into the air. THANKS for all you do!

My drivers:
1987 190D 2.5Turbo
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1987 190D 2.5-5SPEED!!!

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They achieved their objective, they got her warmed up .

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Old 02-03-2011, 02:41 PM
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Before using anything open flame I would use my 1) old electric blanket stuffed under the hood 2) old heating pad (really works good) or 3) the partially worthless magnetic oil pan heater....or a combination of all three given that I had enough extension cords on hand.

This is as bad as the old lady in a Chicago area flea market who wrapped herself and a kerosun heater in a blanket while she sat at the market. It didn't take long before she was on fire.
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This is one of those things where the newer guys say, "hey, we can't get the truck started... we can't work." and the boss responds by showing them, "how we did it in the old days," rather than have his crew doing nothing all day. Look how smart he looks now!
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