Re: Liquid Fuel Firestarters
Jeff Claggett (jclagget@BELLSOUTH.NET)
Mon, 1 Sep 1997 14:26:50 -0400
On Mon, 1 Sep 1997, Dan O'Canna wrote:
> The final part of Section VII is entitled "Fireworks". It is in
> bold and the first paragraph says:
> "The Boy Scouts of America prohibits the securing, use, and
> display of fireworks in conjunction with programs and activites
> except where the fireworks display is conducted under the
> auspices of a certified or licensed fireworks control expert."
> That would seem to apply to items made at home from gun powder, naptha
> or other materials as well as store bought. Dang rules!
Okay so I see a solution :) Licenced pyrotechnicians :) I'm seriously
looking into this (provided it can be done on the cheap :) The way I see
it if you have someone licensed then you have covered the 'rules' from the
Guide to Safe Scouting :)
> for the boys. The only real problems I'm aware of caused by using
> flamible liquid to start fires has been when youth were used to
> seeing adults use relatively safe materials (like comercial charcoal
> starter) and figured that Coleman fuel was pretty much the same thing.
One of my former DEs once told me of an OA fire they were building.
Basically they wanted quick stating and were using the 'Arrow on a Wire'
method. Guy in charge of the fire doused the wood with some kerosene or
somesuch. No problem... Next comes along the next guy who does not know
that one fuel has alread been applied, he adds his own 'Just Right'
ammount. Still might not be a problem... 3rd guy comes along and does not
know about the last 2... You guessed it, he adds his 'Just Right' ammount.
The way the story was told to me, when the DE (this was in his youth :)
got up by the fire for the begining he looked over to the fire and saw
FUMES.... (He stressed this point :)... Then he saw the arrow released and
heading towards this 'Bomb on a log'... Needless to say some diving out
of the way was involved and a big boom occured.
Truth or just a way to bring home a point? I'm not sure but it definatly
brought home the point... If you actually go ahead and use liquid fuels
make sure you have a single person responsibe... Make sure everyone knows
that this person is responsible so these type things can't happen...
> In one case the burns the Scout received were minor. In the other,
> the boy (not a Scout) was not injured and the firemen were able to
> stop the fire from spreading to any of the neighboring houses.
> His home was a total loss.
Glad to hear they were okay, but remember, you can rebuild your house,
you can buy a new car, but there is no replacing a lost son/daughter :)
> BP said that the boys are always watching us. He never said how
> much attention they are paying.
To much maybe? :)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City