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Woman Attempts to Warm Minivan With Charcoal And Guess What Happened
Jalopnik ^ | 1/8/14 | Jason Torchinsky

Posted on 01/08/2014 1:52:01 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers

This really shouldn't be a shock to anyone, but for the record, let's just say it's usually a pretty bad idea to set a charcoal fire under your car. A Wisconsin woman did just that, and set her 2007 Dodge Caravan on fire. Even better, she lives in an area named after a burning torch!

The Lac du Flambeau woman was trying to start her minivan in some really awful temperatures, around -23°F, and after removing her battery and warming it indoors (smart), she decided to warm the engine block with a charcoal fire (not smart).

The inevitable fire started with the underside of the bumper, and quickly spread to all the deliciously flammable bits of rubber under the hood and around the engine bay, causing what the local news says is "about $1000" worth of damage. That would total a 2007 Caravan, right?

I kid, I kid! Still, that looks like it's way more than $1000 of damage to me — those plastic bumper covers alone aren't cheap, and it looks like grille, lights, air cleaner, hoses, and a lot more got engulfed in flames. And then there's paint. The news story also referred to the "engine chamber," which has a strangely medieval feel to it as well, so I'm going to take their estimate with a grain of salt.

So, once again, we all know it's cold, and we get desperate — but an open fire under your car is rarely a good idea.


TOPICS: Humor; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: automotive; fire; humor
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I guess the state of Florida doesn't have an exclusive franchise on folks doing dumb stuff...
1 posted on 01/08/2014 1:52:02 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
could’ve done better. put it under the gas tank assuming it's frozen...
2 posted on 01/08/2014 1:56:05 PM PST by varyouga
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

this works far better....

3 posted on 01/08/2014 1:57:10 PM PST by GraceG
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

My brother-in-law did that to his dad’s car.


4 posted on 01/08/2014 1:57:25 PM PST by DManA
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

BTW, it’s also a mistake to try to heat your house or vehicle with thermite.

Using a giant parabolic reflector to focus solar energy on your house or vehicle could also be a bit risky.


5 posted on 01/08/2014 1:57:53 PM PST by oblomov
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Wisconsin has some very strange folks.

Most of whome wear those orange hats with ear flaps 11 months out of the year.


6 posted on 01/08/2014 1:59:09 PM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

They should have a law against stuff like that


7 posted on 01/08/2014 1:59:31 PM PST by winodog
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
women drivers photo: Women drivers womendrivers.jpg
8 posted on 01/08/2014 2:00:51 PM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

At least she wasn’t in it and she is still breathing to tell the tale. I can’t believe how many die in their sleep trying to warm a tent with charcoal.


9 posted on 01/08/2014 2:00:56 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
Reminds me of the time my dad suggested to a lady from church that she put a trouble light next to her dead battery during a bad cold snap.

After 2 days it still wasn't turning over. When we went down with a charger, we discovered she was using a florescent trouble light. She said she bought it because it was more economical than her old one.

10 posted on 01/08/2014 2:01:12 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

The underside of that bumper is plastic.


11 posted on 01/08/2014 2:02:28 PM PST by CMailBag
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

12 posted on 01/08/2014 2:02:34 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Snickering Hound

Um, I thought that was a Baptist parking lot on Wednesday night.


13 posted on 01/08/2014 2:03:30 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: varyouga

Gasoline itself doesn’t freeze, but some of the additives might. At -100F, you could have a gasoline Slurpee in your tank.

But that probably isn’t likely anywhere outside Antarctica.


14 posted on 01/08/2014 2:03:35 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
Burning Coal? Doesn't she know what it does to the environment, the planet? /s

15 posted on 01/08/2014 2:03:38 PM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Ironic that she is from a town with a name meaning “Lake of the Torch”


16 posted on 01/08/2014 2:04:35 PM PST by The Unknown Republican
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To: Slump Tester

That’s another downside to the incandescent bulb ban. A drop light occasionally comes in handy for fitting close-tolerance parts together as well.


17 posted on 01/08/2014 2:05:07 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: The Unknown Republican

Also ironic is the name of the post’s author. :)


18 posted on 01/08/2014 2:06:04 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Oliviaforever

“Most of whome wear those orange hats with ear flaps 11 months out of the year.”

Well, by golly, I think we’ve found a solution. We just need to make orange hunting caps big enough to fit over a car, and Wisconsonites’ problems are over!


19 posted on 01/08/2014 2:06:07 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers



20 posted on 01/08/2014 2:06:17 PM PST by Bratch
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Well, to be fair, it did warm up her minivan.


21 posted on 01/08/2014 2:08:03 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: DManA
My dad used to do it..........with his semi. Ground clearance is a bit higher than a minivan. He had an engine block heater, but sometimes the truck stops would turn off the outlets in the lots.

Dad had a small metal bowl he would burn charcoal in to heat the block.

22 posted on 01/08/2014 2:08:08 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: Boogieman

don’t think someone won’t try to sell car coats... I heard some cars had bra’s already


23 posted on 01/08/2014 2:08:42 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
Reminds me of Allstate's Mayhem as a tailgating charcoal grill.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0TFo8NsCt4

24 posted on 01/08/2014 2:08:56 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
~~~Jason Torchinsky~~~

Seriously? This crashing Obama economy is making folks desperate, that's for certain.
25 posted on 01/08/2014 2:09:45 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
Woman Attempts to Warm Minivan With Charcoal And Guess What Happened

She won the Darwin?

26 posted on 01/08/2014 2:10:32 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Bm


27 posted on 01/08/2014 2:11:13 PM PST by Vision (Tune out, drop back)
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To: Still Thinking

Not quite. :)


28 posted on 01/08/2014 2:11:36 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

29 posted on 01/08/2014 2:17:07 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: GraceG
I really can't imagine anyone living in that part of the country without one.

When I first moved from North Dakota to California for my first job out of college, I remember a mechanic being totally puzzled by a plug which fed out of my front grill.

Even those unreliable 1970s era American cars turned over the first time when unplugged from an engine block heater.

In those days, it was roughly $40 in parts and labor to have one installed.

30 posted on 01/08/2014 2:20:35 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: KarlInOhio; thackney

LOL. This is the first thing I thought when I read the story.


31 posted on 01/08/2014 2:21:04 PM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

This method works ,but not if done incorrectly.

Better off with a dipstick heater or magnetic oil pan heater.

Better yet, a permanently installed block heater, but that costs money if you can’t install it yourself.


32 posted on 01/08/2014 2:21:14 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Reminds me of the Hispanic family in MA who wanted to BBQ a whole pig during a monster snow storm [3-footer] ...

Put the charcoal in the bathtub and lit it ...

Old ceramic/steel tub, heated the floor boards underneath and caught on fire ...

Burned down the entire 100-unit complex cuz the fire dept. couldn’t get there cuz they couldn’t get thru the 3 feet of snow on the streets ...


33 posted on 01/08/2014 2:21:14 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Bratch

NOT GUILTY!!


34 posted on 01/08/2014 2:23:38 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Bratch

I’d hold her beer and watch that anytime.


35 posted on 01/08/2014 2:24:50 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
Silly Woman. She should just hook up a trailer and tow some fire around like this guy.


36 posted on 01/08/2014 2:28:14 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Snickering Hound
Annual meeting of women drivers

Traffic accident involvement rates by…gender
Men had a higher risk than women of experiencing a fatal crash, while women had higher rates of involvement in injury crashes and all police-reported crashes.

37 posted on 01/08/2014 2:30:05 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: Lmo56

That would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic.

I figured they’d just go outside, dig the pit, light the fire, through the stones on it, throw the pig in, cover it up, and then come back out in five hours and dig it out of the snow.

That could be fun to do. You have a luau inside while it is a blizzard outside.


38 posted on 01/08/2014 2:31:08 PM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: Repeat Offender

I tell you desperate times call for desperate measures.
Cold starts and diesel engines don’t cooperate. Years past has seen it all and done most of it. A tire burning under a 2000 ford offset diesel tractor engine on a cold morning in a snow storm comes to mind but back then plastic wasn’t prevalent tractor flesh.


39 posted on 01/08/2014 2:34:28 PM PST by Recompennation (Constitutional protection for all not ju st selectively for Democrats.)
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To: RinaseaofDs

I use my gas grill in the garage sometimes during the winter. With a winder open of course.


40 posted on 01/08/2014 2:48:23 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Yesterday I could start the minivan, but couldn’t shift it out of Park.

Oddly enough, charcoal fires, lighting fluid, boiling water, and blow torches, all of which were available, did not occur to me. It took 45 minutes of running the engine before it would shift.

Now blow dryers and heating pads are entering my mind as possiblities, but I am not sure where I would put them, or that it would be a good idea with the engine running.


41 posted on 01/08/2014 2:48:24 PM PST by heartwood
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To: F15Eagle

I paid a guy 6 incandescent 100 watt bulbs to plow my driveway this afternoon.


42 posted on 01/08/2014 2:50:16 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Yep -— those are good stuff.


43 posted on 01/08/2014 2:50:55 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: cripplecreek

I’m setting up an ad hoc black market at my house, too.


44 posted on 01/08/2014 2:57:28 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Cyber Liberty

In Obamatopia, light bulbs are currency.


45 posted on 01/08/2014 3:00:17 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

I once watched a guy on a ladder attempt to remove, with an acetylene torch, the icicles hanging down from his gutters. Set the whole roof on fire.


46 posted on 01/08/2014 3:04:19 PM PST by Zman (Liberals: denying reality since Day One.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Not that hard to install yourself. I did it my cars, and I’m not exactly a whiz with car mechanics. Works great though. But let’s say I was extremely happy when I moved into a residence with a garage. Even unheated garages, like mine, will keep your engine block warm enough to start on subzero mornings.


47 posted on 01/08/2014 3:12:28 PM PST by driftless2
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To: Repeat Offender

My dad too. He had a torch that could attach to a small LPGas tank. You could aim the flame right on the oil pan.


48 posted on 01/08/2014 3:13:26 PM PST by DManA
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

At first glance, I thought it said “warn instead of warm”. Good thing I looked again. : )


49 posted on 01/08/2014 3:13:56 PM PST by MamaB
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To: Zman

Herb Brooks did that once. Set his house on fire.


50 posted on 01/08/2014 3:13:58 PM PST by DManA
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