Still learning...the hard way.
As I unloaded the Kimmel off my truck today, got my sweatshirt wet from the watery bags from being outside in the rain and snow. So I had this "brilliant" idea, as I was posting on this site, I would drape my wet sweatshirt, (was only wet on the bottom front), on the top of my Surdiac.
Now if anyone is familiar with this stove, it has tin shielding all around it. The previous owner explained, that it was so "childsafe", his kids could walk right up to it, touch it, and not get burned. Altho I was leery, the tin is definitely cooler than the rest of the stove. I had the sweatshirt bundled up and positioned so the wet side was down against the top middle grate. I left it there approx. 5-10 mins, then removed it, and laid it to the side, in another room.
Later on, I checked the shirt, and it was still a touch damp in the same area, so once again, I laid it on my new found dryer. This time I draped it open, with the bottom frt hanging in frt of the glass door. (About 3-4" away). I know at times, this area can be upwards of 500*. What I didn't know, is the flashpoint for polyester/cotton blend, is less than this. So there I was, typing out a reply to someones thread, and I could smell my shirt drying. (you know, that dryer smell from freshly laundered clothing?) Anyway, as I was reading/typing, the odor became a bit pungent, so I figured I should remove my shirt from the stove. Good thing I checked it, cause it was ABLAZE
I immediately grabbed it, (bare handed), and was only steps from my frt door, where I tossed it outside, on the red brick walkway, to safety. Fortunately, no damage was incurred, with the exception of some smoke. I did find all my smoke detectors worked well, which the wife will be pleased. Don't think the rest of the story will please her much though. Right now my girls are across the street, and don't know about my childish antics.
So, take a warning from an idiot like me. Coal stoves (or any other fire apparatuses) can be dangerous in the wrong hands. I was very lucky today.