PE - My quick fire test results
marguerite at ih2000.net
Fri Feb 4 05:13:01 PST 2000
I love it, a man who does scientific testing for us. With good results. The water proofing only makes it water resistant and the fire retardence only makes it still
flammable. We need to title you lord of the testing. :() Marguerite
Samuel Walters wrote:
> Greetings all,
> Just a quick note to let you know the results of my tent material fire test.
> Some of you may know from my previous posts that I bought and used canvas
> drop clothes to construct the approx. 14' (give or take a couple of inches)
> ten sided tent I am currently working on. Recently I read a response that
> suggested that these could potentially be highly flammable due to the
> waterproofing agents used on them. Well, being the curious fellow I am I
> decided to do a quick test of flammability which I shall hence forth call
> the TEST..uh..he he.
> Anyway I took a square of my canvas drop cloth (approx. 2" square) and some
> squares of equal size of other material I had feeling that they were the
> closest I had in my stores to tent material. One was a heavy cotton twill
> and the other what I believe is actually the type material used to make
> military tents (this purchased at one of those fabric ends stores, gotta luv
> em) I guess you would call it a cotton duct or something very similar.
> The results of said TEST were as follows:
> First: The canvas waterproofed drop cloth material took over an open flame
> (my trusty zippo) approx. 9 seconds to burst into flame. It them burned at
> the rate of approx. 1 inch per second.
> Second: The cotton twill took over an open flame (the same zippo ha)
> approx. 12 seconds to burst into flame. It then burned at the rate of
> approx. a half inch per second.
> Third: The cotton duct (I think) took over an open flame (yeah the zippo)
> approx. 10 seconds to burst into flame. It then burned at the rate of
> approx. 1 inch per second.
> The timing device for the aforesaid TEST was my trusty Seiko...hereafter
> known as the Seiko.
> I guess my conclusions will have to be that my waterproofed canvas drop
> cloth material is flammable and does burn fast. But I must also look at how
> fast the other materials that were not treated and had even been washed
> caught fire and burned. So, I think I'm as safe in my tent as I would have
> been if I had constructed it out of hay.....
> Thank you for letting me digress and sorry for such a long post.
> Yours in our Society,
> Rhys Goch
> Mka Sam Walters
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Samuel Walters <agincrt at brightok.net>
> To: <tentguild at ansteorra.org>
> Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2000 10:05 PM
> Subject: PE - Re: TENT - Answers to posted questions
> > Greetings M'lord,
> > I have read your page and since you addressed two of my questions I would
> > like to thank you for your informative responses. Alas, I must express my
> > regret that I didn't ask the questions before building the tent. At this
> > writing I have completed the roof or canopy section of my tent so
> > its in my estimation 75 percent complete. Reading your responses I
> > that I had noticed a distinct odor coming from my tent material
> > from the waterproofing) now I am beginning to realize that something that
> > smells so foul may not be such a good thing while camping not to mention
> > flammable. I'm about to go do a fire test on it (keep your fingers
> > that I don't burn my fingers ha!)
> > Anyway, I appreciate your responses and I would encourage the others on
> > list to read them...especially if, like me, you are a newcomer to tent
> > making.
> > I love this list.
> > Yours in our Society,
> > Rhys Goch
> > Mka Sam Walters
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: John LaTorre <jlatorre at midtown.net>
> > To: <tentguild at ansteorra.org>
> > Sent: Monday, January 31, 2000 8:07 PM
> > Subject: TENT - Answers to posted questions
> > > Hello, all.
> > >
> > > Over the past week, a number of questions have been asked on this list
> > about
> > > various aspects of tentmaking. I realized that some of my answers to
> > > questions would have been too long-winded to answer on this list, so
> > this and
> > > other reasons which are explained elsewhere), I've posted these answers
> > my web
> > > page. The URL is:
> > >
> > > http://midtown.net/dragonwing/col0002.htm
> > >
> > > Those who have access to the Internet but not to the World Wide Web can
> > obtain a
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> > me know
> > > whether your service allows attachments or not.
> > >
> > >
> > > --
> > >
> > > John LaTorre (Johann von Drachenfels)
> > >
> > > "Always do right. It will gratify some people & astonish the rest."
> > > --Mark Twain
> > >
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