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Chinese Made Propane Grills Recalled - Magnesium In Casing Starts Burning Causing Extreme Fires!

 
Anonymous Coward
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11/04/2008 12:35 AM
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Chinese Made Propane Grills Recalled - Magnesium In Casing Starts Burning Causing Extreme Fires!
Was thinking about getting a Perfect Flame gas grill, and doing a little research, I guess not.

A major recall was announced on certain models of the grills, which are made in China. Apparently there is too much magnesium in the aliminium alloy that makes up the grill housing, and it catches fire!

Magnesium fires can be extremely hard to extinguish, using water on it will send balls of fire shooting out.

There's a surprising number of comments on this problem on the Consumer Reports website, here's one person's experience-

"Posted by: RON RONNEBERG | Aug 25, 2008 10:36:18 AM

SUNDAY EVENING 8/24/08
A PERFECT FLAME GRILL PURCHASED BY MY DAUGHTER FOR ME AT LOWES FOR A CHRISTMAS PRESENT CAUGHT ON FIRE. THE FIRE WAS OUT OF CONTROL AND ALMOST INVOLVED MY DECK AND HOUSE. HAVING HAD FIREFIGHTING TRAINING IN THE NAVY, I RECOGNIZED I WAS DEALING WITH A MAGNESIUM FIRE. TRYING TO EXTINGUISH THE FIRE WITH ABC EXTINGUISHERS WAS OF LITTLE HELP AND TRYING TO USE WATER ON A MAGNESIUM FIRE IS THE WRONG THING TO DO BUT IN AN EFFORT TO KEEP THE PROPANE TANK COOL AND EXTINGUISH SURROUNDING CLASS A MATERIAL I USED WATER CAUSING EXPLOSIONS WHEN WATER CONTACTED THE MAGNESIUM. I SUBSEQUENTLY SUFFERED BURNS TO MY EYES AND INHALATION OF MAGNESIUM FUMES. I AM MAD AS HELL THAT THE CHINESE ARE MANUFACTURING GOODS OUT OF MATERIALS THAT CAN CAUSE SUCH GRIEVOUS INJURY TO CONSUMERS AND FIREFIGHTERS THAT MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE HAD TRAINING IN FIGHTING CLASS D FIRES."

[link to blogs.consumerreports.org]

Just thought I'd post this because it's kind of an interesting distraction from all the political news of the day.
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11/04/2008 07:10 AM
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Re: Chinese Made Propane Grills Recalled - Magnesium In Casing Starts Burning Causing Extreme Fires!
Here's the official government announcement. Burning grills is actually for real. I was actually thinking of getting one of these types of grills, too.

Ironic that the symbol stamped on the side of the grill is that of a flame, lmao!

[link to www.cpsc.gov]
Anonymous Coward
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11/04/2008 07:13 AM
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Re: Chinese Made Propane Grills Recalled - Magnesium In Casing Starts Burning Causing Extreme Fires!
the Chinese manuf. will be out of business.
they will disappear, just like all the other
dangerous stuff from China.

no one to sue.
anonymous
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11/04/2008 07:14 AM
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keep glue and duct tape handy for repairs of chinease products.
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11/04/2008 07:17 AM
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That's the reason why they call it the "Perfect Flame". Once it starts, it never goes out...Perfect!
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11/04/2008 07:23 AM
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Geesh, lately just about everything made in China seems to be having MAJOR issues? The food, the toys, now the grills! Yikes!
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11/04/2008 07:26 AM
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Since you can't sue the Chinese manufacturers, can we sue those that carry these products? Any attorneys out there.
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11/16/2008 12:04 PM
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11/16/2008 12:07 PM
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Dude! Magnesium and flame do not go together! In the Navy, we call burning metal a Class Delta fire. The only thing you can to with a Delta fire is jettison.
It's good to be open-minded, just don't let your brain fall out.
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11/16/2008 12:54 PM
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flag waver we need to start a massive people driven campain to buy american products to force our own factorys home. we all can see tradeing policies do not work to our advantige, it is up to us to change thease policies by voteing this christmas with our money if its not made in america dont buy give something else made in america said something it stong and durible the products our parants mde lasted so remember buy american or lok for the union labal our childrens future depend on us
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flag waver we need to start a massive people driven campain to buy american products to force our own factorys home. we all can see tradeing policies do not work to our advantige, it is up to us to change thease policies by voteing this christmas with our money if its not made in america dont buy give something else made in america said something it stong and durible the products our parants mde lasted so remember buy american or lok for the union labal our childrens future depend on us





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