PE - My quick fire test results

Samuel Walters agincrt at
Fri Feb 4 08:34:42 PST 2000

Greetings M'lord,

Yes I agree with your assessment of the fire retardant materials if I had
the money to go that way then I probably would use it instead of any other
materials.  And in retrospect I would probably use untreated material over
the canvas drop clothes that I did buy.  The good thing is that even if I
built a stone castle at every event I went to I would still take a fire
extinguisher.  I have been using nylon tents all my life and having seen
similar material burn in the past (a pair of my old parachute pants at the
end of the eighties. Did I really wear those?)  I have made it a camping
requirement to have a fire extinguisher and a strict fire safety regimen.

My main concern now is with the out gassing that was mentioned from the
chemicals.  My only hope is that this will dissipate with usage and
eventually stop smelling.  Without killing me or causing adverse health
problems first, of course.

Yours in our Society,

Rhys Goch
Mka Sam Walters
----- Original Message -----
From: Todric <todric at>
To: <periodencampments at>
Sent: Friday, February 04, 2000 8:39 AM
Subject: Re: PE - My quick fire test results

> At 07:13 AM 02/04/2000 -0600, Cherie Nolan wrote:
> >I love it, a man who does scientific testing for us. With good results.
> water proofing only makes it water resistant and the fire retardence only
> makes it still
> >flammable.
>         Just wanted to note that not all waterproofing increases
> flammability; I had occasion to do similar tests on commercial materials,
> and found that the CFAI-84 fire-retardancy spec is worth looking for when
> selecting tent fabric.
>         One sample of 10oz I worked with simply refuses to take fire (I
> a torch), even when saturated with wax (like a candle getting knocked into
> it), dripping with alcohol (the alcohol burned off leaving the sample
> untouched). Sulfuric acid didn't touch it, and boiling it for a half hour
> water did nothing to the waterproofing; water still beads-up on the
>         In fact, the final test was to fire a crossbow bolt at it; the
> went thru, but it stopped at the fletch. :-)
>         Bottom line: If your tent fabric burns at all, take a fire
> extinguisher with you.
>         Todric OL, OP, GDH
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