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Matches versus lighters: which is more envionmentally friendly?

Which is more environmentally-friendly: matches or lighters? [more inside]
posted by chrismear on Aug 28, 2008 - 8 answers

Is running a lamp cable under a pile of sleeping bags dangerous?

Greetings, Hive Mind. I need to know if I'm going to start a house fire. [more inside]
posted by optimuscrime on Aug 23, 2008 - 26 answers

I've Seen Fire And I've Seen Rain

Name that DVD: A requiem performance, a burnt-out building, and footage of the fire that gutted the building. [more inside]
posted by nomisxid on Aug 18, 2008 - 8 answers

Killed Me Some Ants!

I set fire to a colony of tiny red ants. Now they have gone away. Why/how did this work? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Aug 13, 2008 - 11 answers

watch out for that cigarette butt!

Hypothetical Filter: Would someone be able to throw a cigarette out of their window and catch my car on fire? [more inside]
posted by thetenthstory on Jul 29, 2008 - 28 answers

How do I help my friend who just lost everything she owns in a fire?

My friend's apartment just burned down and everything she owns is gone. How do I help? Any advice for her I can pass on? [more inside]
posted by katemcd on Jul 10, 2008 - 29 answers

At what "proof" will spirits burn?

At what "proof" will most spirits burn? [more inside]
posted by eduke on Jul 1, 2008 - 10 answers

How to clean a burned porcelain teacup?

How to clean a fine porcelain teacup that found its way into a bonfire? [more inside]
posted by workerant on Jun 25, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me not die in an electrical fire.

What is wrong with my electricity? Lights started to flicker, circuit breaker didn't trip, circuit started to buzz, now afraid the house is going to burn down. [more inside]
posted by quin on Jun 19, 2008 - 16 answers

I have no idea what I just saw

What was this guy on the street doing with a black iron pot on a spit that produced a gunshot-like sound? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF on Jun 14, 2008 - 18 answers

I must impress the family

Our family is going to be reuniting at the historic cottage in St. Donat, Quebec. The agreement is that each person will cook dinner for all on their night. I have set myself (and my daughter) the challenge that we will cook everything that day on an open fire. Please help me. [more inside]
posted by Turtles all the way down on May 10, 2008 - 11 answers

How can I pass my home inspection? (fire inspector)

I need to install some fireblocks (aka fire stops AND fire block[ing]) in my basement. What can I use to make these? Can I use regular sheetrock to make these or do they have to be some special type of sheetrock? If I can't use sheetrock, what type and thickness of wood do they need to be?
posted by tickettrader on Apr 22, 2008 - 9 answers

Where can I get 2007 MLS lettering for a Chicago Fire home jersey?

Where can I get 2007 MLS lettering for a Chicago Fire home jersey? [more inside]
posted by EasilyOdd on Mar 11, 2008 - 4 answers

Why not emergency slides?

Why don't tall buildings have slides? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Feb 8, 2008 - 28 answers

wood fire outdoor stove

I would like to build an outdoor wood fired oven similar to the one Jamie Oliver uses on his cooking shows. Can anyone suggest how/where I could find plans for this sort of structure? I know there are safety concerns involved and want to be aware of all the issues before I go ahead.
posted by frizelli on Feb 4, 2008 - 9 answers

What have we lost forever?

What significant items have been irretrievably lost? [more inside]
posted by MrBCID on Jan 8, 2008 - 86 answers

Firewood in NYC?

Where can I get firewood in New York City? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Dec 3, 2007 - 7 answers

Will my coffee maker burn my house down?

Will my coffee maker burn my house down? [more inside]
posted by ecks on Dec 1, 2007 - 10 answers

Why are all but the basement doors locked in the stairwell where I work?

Why are all but the basement doors locked in the stairwell where I work? [more inside]
posted by boeing82 on Nov 1, 2007 - 9 answers

You're as cold as ice! And hot as fire!

We're having a Fire and Ice party - how can we, 'scuse the pun, heat it up? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Oct 11, 2007 - 15 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

Should I fire my freelance client? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2007 - 19 answers

False alarms in hard-wired smoke alarms?

What causes false Alarms in hardwired smoke detectors? [more inside]
posted by morallybass on Aug 24, 2007 - 14 answers

Air plz?

Facist housing says we can't open our windows because it will set the fire alarms off...really? [more inside]
posted by melissam on Aug 17, 2007 - 10 answers

Origin of a drastically false assumption about actual alarm system status?

Where does the idea come from that an alarm company can actually tell whether the system actually is armed? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Jul 10, 2007 - 12 answers

Electrical Engineers / Computer Hardware Enthusiasts: Replace fuse in computer power supply?

Electrical Engineers / Computer Hardware Enthusiasts: Replace fuse in a computer power supply? [more inside]
posted by itheearl on Jun 27, 2007 - 10 answers

What kind of lighter is this and where can I find one?

What kind of lighter is this and where can I find one? Here are a couple of pictures. My brother got this lighter as a gift years ago and I've always wanted one. Anyone know where I might be able to find one. My brother always refers to it as a "miners lighter" and on the bottom it says; IMCO TRIPLEX SUPER austria 6700
posted by blackout on Jun 21, 2007 - 5 answers

Working for the long weekend.

A job was offered to me, I quit my current job, and a week before I was supposed to start the new place said oops, they didnt want to hire me after all. Do I have any legal recourse against them? [more inside]
posted by outsider on Jun 8, 2007 - 26 answers

Lubricant for fire escape window bar hinges?

What type of lubricant should I use on the hinges to the fire escape window bars? It is exposed to the outdoors. Also, should I use a penetrant to clean them beforehand?
posted by doctorcurly on Mar 19, 2007 - 5 answers

The news is out to get us!

What is that alarm-like sound that you hear in the background when the news is showing footage of fires. (This question is not as stupid as it looks... look inside) [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Mar 6, 2007 - 16 answers

Cleaning up melted plastic

This morning I set my kitchen counter on fire. The only real damage is that an empty plastic bag of shredded cheese has melted to the counter, which I think is made of Formica or similar. Is there a good way to clean this?
posted by Jeanne on Mar 6, 2007 - 9 answers

How do I get smoke out of my bags?

How do I get the smell of smoke out of my bags? [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Feb 20, 2007 - 13 answers

Smoke inhalation and You.

Can anyone point me to a reference of how long the average person would last before succumbing to smoke inhalation in a burning building? (By succumbing I mean passing out). 2 scenarios: making a run for the exit, and making a crawl for the exit. [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Feb 3, 2007 - 9 answers

Is burning silica gel dangerous?

Last week at a friends house we were sitting around a nice fire, when my brother found one of those silica gel packets, and (stupidly) threw it in. The room almost immediately filled with noxious fumes, and our throats hurt for a couple days afterwards. What happened when that silica burned, and was any permanent damage done?
posted by splatta on Jan 11, 2007 - 8 answers

Burning Hellfire!

Yet another movie question, possibly a comedy, possibly not. The trick is I only remember one snippet, darkly comic. [more inside]
posted by tomierna on Dec 1, 2006 - 3 answers

Old house, lots of toys, am I going to burn down?

I live in a hundred-year old house (in Los Angeles, no less!) that has limited electrical outlets. I have unlimited (it seems) electronics - three computers, monitors, two laser printers, two air conditioners, electric heater (in the winter), etc. The house was upgraded from old-style fuses to circuit breakers a few years ago. It is a rental so I am not able to do any upgrades. None of the wall outlets are three prong, so I am using adapters. In the summer, my office is just overdone with things drawing power - all three computers, the printers, AC, and probably 20 (or more) smaller items - cell phone, postage scale, radio, etc.... [more inside]
posted by soulbarn on Sep 16, 2006 - 12 answers

Will my toaster burn down the house?

Is it really so bad to leave a toaster plugged in? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on Sep 1, 2006 - 52 answers

Micro webcams.

I am looking for some really small webcams. Micro webcams or something similar. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Aug 25, 2006 - 21 answers

How do I dismiss my lawyer?

How do I dismiss my lawyer? I know what I need to do and have already found another lawyer. I just need to know the best approach. [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Aug 5, 2006 - 10 answers

Flame temperature

What is the lowest possible flame temperature? No, not your cold-hearted ex, but actual fire. Google-search provides a host of information suitable for engineers and mathmeticians, but not for me. Help?
posted by jsteward on Jul 29, 2006 - 20 answers

Help us find a ROM!

Name that classic arcade game! [more inside]
posted by jammer on Jul 14, 2006 - 7 answers

I gotta go, I think I left my oven on. Again... My souffle!!!

How easily would my house burn down if I left something cooking in the oven and forgot about it? Also share your favourite tips for not forgetting that theres something in the oven! [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Jul 5, 2006 - 19 answers

Fake fire from steam and lights?

Is it possible to create a steam-based fake fire , like the one seen here, at home using a steamer and lighting? [more inside]
posted by destro on Jul 3, 2006 - 5 answers

I want to be a leader, not a boss.

I start a new job tomorrow. Help me not make an ass of myself! [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Jun 22, 2006 - 10 answers

Fire! Fire! Heh huh huh. Fire!

Help me use my wood-burning stove! [more inside]
posted by frogan on Jun 9, 2006 - 7 answers

What to do with Pete Best?

Locally signed band ready to release their cd is about to fire their lead guitarist. He's performed on the cd and written two of the songs as well. Would like to know the legal ramifications of handing him his walking papers... [more inside]
posted by j.p. Hung on Jun 6, 2006 - 12 answers

Help me rid my house of acrid smoke!

Help me get the nasty smoke smell out of my house after a cooking accident! [more inside]
posted by AaronRaphael on Jun 4, 2006 - 7 answers

It's just like Chili, right?

Prompted by this mention of a 10-alarm fire, where the hell did that scale/terminology come from, and how does it work? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on May 3, 2006 - 10 answers

Actual cartoons responsible for embassy fires?

Some Danish & Norwegian embassies in Syria were just torched over some caricatures of Mohammed... [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on Feb 5, 2006 - 8 answers

Camping in the Carolinas

I want to go camping somewhere on the coast of North or South Carolina over New Year's. [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa on Nov 23, 2005 - 4 answers

hot hot heat

what are the facts on heat, fire, and old brownstone radiators? [more inside]
posted by yonation on Oct 21, 2005 - 7 answers

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