Tung oil has high levels of a conjugated triene, α-eleostearic acid (9-cis,11-trans,13-trans-octadecatrienoic acid). Linseed (flaxseed) oil, has high levels of a methylene interrupted triene, α-linolenic acid (9-cis,12-cis,15-cis-octadecatrienoic acid). The tung tree originates in southern China. Flax seed is believed to have originated in the Republic of Georgia. Distant cousins at best!
Brian Mueller, CHO
Boulder Lab Safety Consulting LLC
On July 12, 2017 at 9:30 AM "Debbie M. Decker" <dmdecker**At_Symbol_Here**UCDAVIS.EDU> wrote:
Monona Rossol wrote:
There's your fuel and the fire-starter, PLAIN OLD TUNG OIL. All these "natural" plant-derived setting oils will do this.
Is this a cousin of linseed oil, well-known self-combustible?
Debbie M. Decker, CCHO, ACS Fellow
Past Chair, Division of Chemical Health and Safety
University of California, Davis
Birkett's hypothesis: "Any chemical reaction
that proceeds smoothly under normal conditions,
can proceed violently in the presence of an idiot."
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