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Wood Stoves and House Fires

In a long-term emergency, we would have to adapt to several old technologies all of which would made a house fire more likely.  The use of kerosene, wood stoves, charcoal, and other open flame devices create problems that we are not used too.

The incorrect installation of a wood stove is a common cause of fires.  One of the problems is that people do not understand pyrophoric action or the chemical decomposition of wood due to the continuous or intermittent application of heat.  The normal ignition temperature of wood falls in the area of 400 degrees.  After being exposed to a lower heat from outside sources for a prolonged period of time the ignition temperature of the wood lowers.  …

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