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(truTV)   Attempt to warm up van with hot charcoal results in flaming grill   (blog.trutv.com) divider line 25
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2014-01-09 01:49:02 PM  
Hopefully, she has the right coverage from Allstate to be better protected from Mayhem.
 
2014-01-09 02:04:45 PM  
it's also a suicide method popular in Japan and gaining traction elsewhere, but she's doing it wrong.
 
2014-01-09 04:46:02 PM  
Was said van down by a river?
 
2014-01-09 04:49:22 PM  
www.rachelmarsom.com
 
2014-01-09 04:49:42 PM  
meh, can you blame people for getting desperate in -23 freakin degree weather? farkin a that's cold!
 
2014-01-09 04:50:26 PM  
i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-01-09 04:51:05 PM  
www.allstate.com
 
2014-01-09 04:51:29 PM  
Pffft, if I had a nickel...

/dnrtfa
 
2014-01-09 04:53:31 PM  
Lac du Flambeau

Appropriate name for her town.
 
2014-01-09 04:57:09 PM  
Jeez, I came here to make a Mayhem joke and wasn't just beaten to the punch, I was beaten to the pummeling.
 
2014-01-09 04:57:42 PM  
Never heard of using hot coals but I get the idea. At -23 the engine oil is probably like dried varnish. The starter can't turn the crankshaft. The coals warm the oil so it flows.

In execution you probably want to have some space between the oil pan and the coals, and do it slow. Sneak up on it. To set the car on fire she musta jammed a pan of coals tight under the front end.
 
2014-01-09 04:58:35 PM  
Came for Allstate mayhem, not disappointed.
 
2014-01-09 04:59:50 PM  
firelake ???
 
2014-01-09 05:01:55 PM  
"though common sense should tell you it's a bad idea too. "

umm.. its actually pretty damn common up north where it gets real cold.  mind you .. all you do is take the hot ashes out of the woodstove and they have just a few hot coals in them,.... you dont use burning charcoal./..
 
2014-01-09 05:06:28 PM  
What this particular article didn't say was that the Police Chief who doesn't recommend doing the hot charcoal trick also said that "he's used the charcoal trick successfully, but he doesn't advise that others try it." Link
 
2014-01-09 05:09:52 PM  
Truck drivers many years ago used to keep a big hubcap  in the cab to build a charcoal fire in to heat the engine.
 
2014-01-09 05:10:20 PM  
That woman's a problem solver. Just not a very good one.
 
2014-01-09 05:11:04 PM  
Modzheimer's?
 
2014-01-09 05:13:53 PM  
 
2014-01-09 05:14:42 PM  

catmandu: What this particular article didn't say was that the Police Chief who doesn't recommend doing the hot charcoal trick also said that "he's used the charcoal trick successfully, but he doesn't advise that others try it." Link


Plausible deniability.

I recommend no one do as I do, then I show them how to do what they shouldn't do with repeated warnings never to do it. Then, when they do it right they'll thank me and when they do it wrong and get hurt they'll still thank me for warning them. Plus, in neither case can they sue! Chem teachers and youtubers do this kind of warning all the time.
 
2014-01-09 05:20:08 PM  
I once saw a truck driver try to unfreeze his trailer brakes with a hibachi grill and charcoal. This was in a  truckstop in Indianapolis.The night before they had a 17" snowfall and I guess he wanted to try to get his load  out of there.
 Needless to say,the grease around his brake drums and eventually the axle caught on fire. He banged on the trucks next to him to let them know his trailer was on fire and they should move their trucks.
 He unhooked his trailer and pulled away.
 Luckily some other drivers had fire extinguishers and the load was saved but I believe the man lost his job once his company found out what happened.
 smh
 
2014-01-09 05:21:10 PM  
b.vimeocdn.com
was it this guy?
 
2014-01-09 05:35:26 PM  
in some places when you have a break down its so damn cold you need to use a tiger torch to warm the engine enough to be able to start it.  and its so damn cold you have to have the tank for that tiger torch sitting in the cab of a running vehicle so that the propane is warm enough to be a gas.
 
2014-01-09 05:46:14 PM  
I used to have to walk uphill to school in the freezing cold. I had to carry a freshly baked potato in my hands to keep them warm. Then I would eat the potato for lunch. After school, when I walked home, it was uphill too.
 
2014-01-09 05:47:44 PM  

upndn: I used to have to walk uphill to school in the freezing cold. I had to carry a freshly baked potato in my hands to keep them warm. Then I would eat the potato for lunch. After school, when I walked home, it was uphill too.


but you had no potato.. wat do?
 
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