Picture this shiny new bike, only picture it with a bike shipping box in front of it, and with a nice red glow coming from the gas heater down there. 'Cause thats how it was most of Saturday... Until I left for 14 minutes to get something from my toolbox down at work. Sometime in the intervening 14 minutes something bad happened. Really bad. Did I mention that was a new bike...Somebody else's new bike? Here's how I think it played out; I closed the door to the inner shop as I was leaving(you know...to keep it warm in there) slight stirring of air causes box to tip over, just barely landing on the back of the heater. Box ignites, burning evenly from top to bottom. When flames get to the end of the box, they melt the hydraulic brake lines, spraying the tires, which apparently ignite and burn reaallly hot, hot enough to melt alloy rims and spoke nipples, and then...nothing. Fire's out. No flames, no residual heat. Just really thick smoke. Or maybe the tires ignited, and the brake fuid extinguished the fire when it sprayed out. (Ethicalpyro, please weigh in)If you look at the background, there was no shortage of tinder...
Maybe there were mysterious forces at work?
Pat, you might want to stick with the electric heat . I'm going to save the propane for extreme conditions, I think.
Oh, if anybody sees me in the return line at REI sunday, mum's the word, o.k.?