• People not acquainted with how to use Roswell hay equipment correctly and the chemistry behind hay fires might believe that dry hay is really the issue. In fact, dry timber burns far easier and better than wet wood. But when hay contains too much moisture, a chemical reaction creates highly flammable gas that can spontaneously com bust, causing a very serious hay fire.

    This may happen after you have utilized a hay baler to create tight square or round bales or left hay in loose piles. A fire is most inclined to happen within the first 4-6 weeks after the bales or stacks have been created, and sometimes becomes a genuine danger when there’s a moisture content of 18 percent or higher in big bales, and 20 % or more in the small ones.

    Bale in the later morning hours instead of early if humidity caused dew and condensation through the night to avoid trapping moisture in bales. And aim for curing on days with low humidity, under 50 percent, and breezy or slightly gusty conditions. Special hay tools like rakes and tedders can help to increase the drying rate.

    Also, avoid putting all of your hay in one place. If a fire occurs, this will keep it from causing damage to your entire stockpile and nearby equipment or outbuildings. Be aware of the moisture levels. And use a long-stemmed thermometer to check inner temperatures if you catch the scent of caramel or a pungent smell. That may mean a fire is likely or has started in a bale.

    Even if you don’t detect a smell, don’t walk on top of any bales to check temperatures. There might be a fire deep in the stack that causes the bales to collapse. A fire is highly likely when temperatures reach 150 degrees.

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