|Quote, originally posted by Slayer »|
|another thing, if you buy a drum of this stuff you need a proper drum grounding system and VERY good ventilation because it has a flashpoint of ~45-50? °|
We use both toulene and xylene in fairly large quantities at work for priming steel beams, columns and structures. We use it mostly for cleaning / dissolving paint, I never knew it to be useful as an octane additive.
Anyways, this stuff is not as dangerous as you might think. In fact several times I've inadvertantely been grinding or cutting-- throwing sparks at gallons of this stuff laying by, and it won't light.
Curiousity got the best of me, and you cannot light it without a wick of some sort. Pour some out and throw a match on it --- nothing. Pour some out on a rag and do the same thing, and it goes ablaze (doesn't "blow up") just lights on fire and burns for a rather long time. Kind of like diesel fuel in this respect.
If you smell toulene, it smells exactly like the glue they use for model airplanes and such. Xylene smells somewhat less potent, and doesn't evaporate nearly as fast as Toulene.
A good rule of thumb, is that octane is gasoline's measure of it's resistance to ignite. If tolene and xylene have significantly higher octane properties, chances are it won't light nearly as easy, and it doesn't.
Methyl Ethyl Ketone, and acetone-type solvents are another story altogether. These are the ones to watch out for...
Modified by 2razor2 at 7:22 PM 10-17-2004