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    I am interested in technical references (preferably web based) on Pyrolysis or pyrophoric action as a cause of fire.
    Traditionally it is understood as the lowering of the kindling tempreture of wood or textiles by continual heating and cooling over a very long period of time at tempretures as low as 200 degrees f.
    There has been a suggestion by a colleague here that the science behind this is in question recently and I have not heard this.
    It would be remarkable to me if this was so as I have attributed a number of fires to this cause over the last thirty years. Any references would be useful.

    Jim Maclean
    Auckland New Zealand
    Jim Maclean. IACOJ NZ branch

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    Check this link for the reference you are looking for.

    http://www.doctorfire.com/low_temp_wood1.pdf

    Just be aware that there are other opinions out there that run counter to this.
    PROUD, HONORED AND HUMBLED RECIPIENT OF THE PURPLE HYDRANT AWARD - 10/2007.

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    • #3
      Thanks George, that is exactly what I was looking for, and interesting reading too!
      Take care out there

      Jim Maclean
      Jim Maclean. IACOJ NZ branch

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