No, pints, not gallons. I bought 25 pint containers for $15. They were
about $3 each retail.
Okay, it wasn't the best buy in the world, but nothing to lose sleep over.
There was boiled linseed oil, paste paint stripper, and mineral spirits in
addition to the turpintine. I have always hated those gallon containers...
Linseed oil, and turpentine to a lesser degree, pose a hazard that not
everyone is aware of. These naturally occurring oilss will cause auto
ignition; which is often called spontaneous combustion; of rags, wood
shavings, sawdust, and other cellulose, cotton, and similar waste that
are contaminated with these oils. The decomposition of these oils is an
exothermic reaction; gives of heat; that if confined so that the heat
cannot dissipate will cause the ignition of the contaminated material.
This hazard can be abated by storing such waste in metal containers with
tight fitting lids thus depriving the reaction of oxygen and conducting
away the heat or by hanging rags up so that the heat will readily
dissipate. Materials that are contaminated with such wastes that will
not be reused should be stored outdoors away from buildings in metal
trash or waste cans.
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Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department
a cooperating agency of the
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Commission, Maryland
No kidding. A neighbor just lost his entire 2,300 square ft addition
to just such a cause. At least that is the best guess as it started
in a small room they were using to keep their paints, varnishes etc
in. Yes, I did say 2,300 sq ft. How anyone can call that an addition
I don't know. The house was an old one built back in the 40s as I
understand it. Probably planned to tear it down when the 'addition'
I store everything like that in the metal cans they come in. That is safe
I leave rags opened up on the rim of the trashcan to let them evaporate.
That is safe isn't it?
Right now I have an entire trashcan full of shavings from 70 bf I just
planed. It is pure wood, so that is not a problem, is it?
Every Home Depot, Lowes, high school wood shop, woodworking shop, lumber
yard, cabinet shop and many others have the sawdust in cloth or plastic
bags at the bottom of the dust collector. In the building. Shavings in
bags are in every pet shop, WalMart pet department, barn, stable, etc.
They present mo more of a hazard than any typical trash can full of assorted
flammable materials. While I do condone good housekeeping, it is not
necessary to take extra precautions above normal trash handling.
Are you sure about the turpentine? It is not a curing oil like linseed
oil. Turpentine is a volatile flammable liquid with a low flashpoint but I
don't see that it will evolve heat as it dries. It does not react with
oxygen to cure and leave a film or mass.
FWIW, I've heard that about turpentine also. Don't know if there is any
truth to it. Natural oils, as opposed to petroleum based products, as
supposed to be the problem with spontaneous combustion. Of course, oily
rags of any kind have been lumped into this. It may be more hearsay that
fact on some of it. Not knowing for sure, I'd err on the side of caution.
Isn't that enough???
If not, it serves fairly well as a poison when ingested, a
super duper eye irritant if applied directly and in sufficient
quantities, and is also fairly flamable, if memory serves.
Quite the versatile chemical, eh?!
This is Turtle.
Old time uses was to put it on a snake bite after you cut and bleed it and the
turpentine will counter act the snake bite poison.
You would put the turpentine on it and cover it with a oak leaf to keep the water
from washing it off and put you leg or arm in a
cool creek water for atleast a hour and this slows the blood down to let the
turpentine catch up with the snake poison. Now days
they have new fangle shots for this.
Also it make a real good weed and grass killer a long a fence line. It is the sap of
a pine tree and sap will kill any grass it
comes near. I would say it is the only natural biodegradiable weed killer there is.
Just a little bit a long a fence line will kill
Now you can use it for paint brush cleaner too as you say.
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Turpentine is a superior solvent for paints and varnishes. It has a
higher Hildebrand Solubility Parameter than mineral spirits or paint thinner
and usually contains terpenes which contribute an "Aromatic" character (i.e.
the organic chemistry term "Aromatic" , e.g. Xylene is an aromatic solvent,
most paint thinners are aliphatic.) to the solvent.
Thus, it is more worth more than the cheap aliphatic solvents (mineral
spirits etc) and it does a better job as a thinner for most paints and
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