in reply to My favorite flame retardant
No lie, I almost choked on my water when I saw Christmas tree. Back in my crazy youth, a warm June night my friend and I took the old Christmas tree that was underneath the deck at my mom's townhouse and dragged it down to the burnpit where the construction crew were burning their trash.
Now we had a suspicion that the tree would burn fast, being sixth months old, and all the needles yellow and brittle, so we took out our can of WD40 and sprayed a nice fat wet path out of the burn pit to the edge and took our matches, lit on, and dropped it on the WD40.
The blue trail of flame was small and weak and made it's own way to the tree in it's own good time, and for a minute, nothing happened, so we both stood up to try and again, when suddenly VOOOOOMMM!!!! the tree went up in flames like a roman candle, flames shooting twenty feet into the air. A burst of heat washed over us, and looking down at my arms I realized that most of my arm hairs were gone.
The tree only burned for about 3 minutes and then died, and after that I lost all interest in WD40 and flammable materials. But it is fun thinking about it.