Re: Exploding Rocks
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Mon, 13 Nov 1995 16:39:12 EST
You know, as soon as I sent my little note about using hot rocks in
the bottom of a sleeping bag without mentioning the possibility of wet
porous rocks exploding in the fire, I knew I'd hear about it.
Yes, I am aware of this problem. It has never happened to me, but you
can avoid it by not using porous, sandstone-type rock, particularly
when it is wet. The idea of using rocks around a fire ring is an
Jess Olonoff mentioned in a post to me about a kid who heated his rock
up too hot--and it burned through the sleeping bag.
Well, one assumes a certain level of common sense amongst our charges,
but after hearing all the stories in recent days about scouts doing
the darndest things (I've got a few stories myself), I guess it's
probably necessary to state, again for the record--make sure your rock
ain't too hot before putting it in your sleeping bag! If, when it's
wrapped in a towel, you cannot keep your hand on it for a minute or
so, it's too hot!
Another indicator is when you wrap the towel around the rock and the
towel begins to turn brown and smoke. The rock is definitely too hot
The idea of heating a rock with a phaser set on stun is of course so
commonplace I didn't think it needed mentioning.
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