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Burning Cotton Trash with a Driptorch

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Iconindustries, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Anybody got a guess of what this is and what it does?

    I'll fill you in with the whole shebang tomorrow but have a crack.

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    You've done well guys! It is a drip torch or as the farmers here call it a 'fire bug'
    As you've probably know I live amongst cotton farms. Because of the terrible floods at the beginning of the year the cotton was was waylaid and it was one of the latest cotton harvests we've ever had. In Australia we have fairly strict guidelines on growing GM cotton and because of the extremely late harvest the time window for mulching the cotton had closed and our neighbour had to rake and burn the cotton trash instead. The cotton trash is raked into long piles and lit. Cotton stalks are very woody like a small bush and if left on the ground it will take quite a few years to break down into the soil. Most farmers don't burn these days but mulch it into tiny shreds with a massive PTO driven flail on a tractor.

    here's the rest of the story

    Filling her up. 50/50 Petrol Diesel mix

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    To the right of this picture you can see the typical famers 'ute' as we call them. Can't beat the Toyota Landcruisers.

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    Close up

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    Roaring Inferno, great for marshmallows

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    As it got towards evening the colours really popped

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  2. darrenleow

    darrenleow Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 30, 2011
    A flamethrower?

    Edit: After a bit more reading, I think it's a driptorch!
  3. crsnydertx

    crsnydertx Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 31, 2010
    Houston, TX
    In non-drought years, I participate in prescribed burns of a prairie remnant near my home. Looks very similar to the driptorch we use to light the backfire and headfire. Uses a 50/50 mix of gasoline and diesel.
  4. sphexx

    sphexx Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 19, 2010
    Harrogate, Yorkshire
  5. crsnydertx

    crsnydertx Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 31, 2010
    Houston, TX
    The parameters for a prescribed burn should be tightly controlled and the participants well trained; otherwise, the results can be disastrous. Wind speed and direction, along with relative humidity, need to be within tight ranges or the burn is a "no-go". Too low a wind speed and/or too high a humidity, and the burn won't sustain itself. Of more concern, a high wind speed coupled with low humidity will burn 25 acres front to back in under a minute and have a high risk of jumping the firebreaks set up to keep the burn in check.

    I know...TMI. But I don't want anyone to have the impression that these are casual events that aren't planned and executed with a high degree of caution.
  6. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 18, 2011
    "Kaflorkle" It's called a kaflorkle.
  7. John M Flores

    John M Flores Super Moderator

    Jan 7, 2011
    That's a funny looking stick for roasting marshmallows.
  8. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    You got it guys! A driptorch it is.

    kaflorkel! What is that?:smile:

    Haha John. This product may contain traces of petroleum and Diesel.
  9. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Bringing this up so you guys can see the rest of the photos
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