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#1 posted 08-13-2017 01:55 AM

Not the shellac cloths. Shellac evaporates, it’s oxidation that causes combustion. Even then though, storing oily rags in a sealed container is safe, since it will consume the oxygen and the oxidation ceases.

It’s piles of oily rags that will combust because they have a ready supply of oxygen, and the density of the pile maintains heat. With heat comes more rapid oxidation producing even greater heat. That will continue until it gets hot enough to combust.

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