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Old 01-02-2014, 09:20 AM   #1
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Steel wool will burn!

You guys may know this but it was a complete surprise to me! I use the 0000 steel wool to clean windshields and never suspected that it could be fire hazard if not stored properly.

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Holly fire Batman. Thanks for posting this. Those RVgeeks are really good.
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MSCamper, I started using bronze wool for 2 things. 1) cleaning windshield 2) filling in the gap between my dump hose and the exit port on my wet bay (keeps critters out).

Bronze wool does not rust and does not form the same kind of slivers as steel wool does. I don't know about the fire starting ability of bronze wool but I would guess it is less as it does not need an oil preservative to keep from rusting.

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MSCamper, I started using bronze wool for 2 things. 1) cleaning windshield 2) filling in the gap between my dump hose and the exit port on my wet bay (keeps critters out).

Bronze wool does not rust and does not form the same kind of slivers as steel wool does. I don't know about the fire starting ability of bronze wool but I would guess it is less as it does not need an oil preservative to keep from rusting.

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Steve, where do you get bronze wool and is it available in "0000" ?
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For the science geeks out there, the steel wool is converted by the reaction of oxygen and air to ionic iron oxide.: http://www.elmhurst.edu/~chm/vchembook/143Afeoxide.html
Pretty cool stuff (not)...
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Thom and I have done lots of things including performing in pirate festivals from Key West to Panama City in Florida. We fire off black powder weapons at the shows and when done we will sit and clean them and explain to people what and how we do things, correctly. The "blank shot" we use is NOT steel wool because it can do that. There are a few performers from other groups that DO use steel wool .... needless to say we do not stay around them when they are shooting. The group we belong to tries very hard to follow safe and correct procedures, the NRA in Florida has even asked if they could use our black powder manuals for pistols, rifles and cannons since we made them very comprehensive.
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Steve, where do you get bronze wool and is it available in "0000" ?
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I buy mine at woodwork supply houses but it is available from Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=is_box_?k=bronze+wool

It is not graded the same as steel wool for some reason but I use the "fine" designation

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If you crochet

With time on the road and something to pass the time needed. I make these with cotton yarn on one side and strips cut from tule on the scrubbing side. You can make them in seconds and if you have arthritis or other hand problems, you can stuff them with a few extra strips of the tule to make them easier to grasp.

If the road is smooth sailing, you can get in about 4 per hour including the tule strip cutting time. Don't ask about cost, you would save money with the copper ones.


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PS, the pattern is located here:
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This is something I learned in High School. that would have been in the 60's. I am fairly sure your school taught it too as most all schools taught much the same thing in science classes back then.
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Indeed they did. So much more fun when school science/physics/chemistry classes were heavily practical instead of theoretical
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