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#1 posted 01-08-2018 12:03 AM

There is a lot of research available on the subject of wood dust explosions. The best information I found said that the density of dust in a shop needed to flash over is such that you could neither breathe nor see more than a few inches. The only place where that concentration of dust might be present is internal to a fully loaded dust collector. Sucking up a burning match isn’t a good idea. The recorded dust fires I was able to find, including a large furniture factory, were due to large piles of dust collecting on the top of machinery and in diirect contact with an open flame. I know it is important for you to stay in your comfort zone no matter what the research proves, but I have been using an unvented propane space heater along with an electric heater in my woodshop for over 10 years. I just don’t think you have much to worry about.

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