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# What is the approximate minimum temperature required to ignite book paper?

Question #92093. Asked by BaronBatty. (Feb 08 08 2:46 AM)

shanetrane

"The number "451" refers to the temperature (in Fahrenheit) at which a book or paper spontaneously combusts."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fahrenheit_451

 Feb 08 08, 3:14 AM
MonkeyOnALeash

There is, as shanetrane has noted, an entire magnificent novel written concerning this "ignition point"... Ray Bradbury at his BEST.

Extraordinary piece of Orwellian fiction!

Now for the rest of the story...

"The ignition temperature for paper is reported to be 450 oC (842 oF), and the flash point of paper is estimated to be 350 oC (662 oF). The reference for all of this information is the Handbook of Physical and Mechanical Testing of Paper and Paperboard Volume 2; Edited by Richard Mark."

POST SCRIPT: Bradbury sounds like a real quack in his interview!!

 Feb 08 08, 3:30 AM

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