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If a dryer is defective, how high can the internal temperature get in the dryer
drum area (where the clothes would be)?
Ok, I have a dryer that caught the clothing inside on fire. The clothing consisted of small cotton towels. The towels in the dryer caught fire apparently from the gas dryer reaching a higher than intended internal temperature. I was told that the dryer was on the medium setting as the owner wanted the towels to last as long as possible. The dryer was shut off shortly before the owner left at the breaker panel. Approximately 2 hours later the shop was on fire. The fire damage and burn patterns all point to the clothes dryer as the area of origin. The clothing inside the dryer was burned.
If the regular internal temperature of a dryer is between 150-170 degrees than these items should not have caught fire. If they did catch fire then the internal temperature would be considered higher than usual and most likley a result of a malfunction or manufacturer's defect. I was wondering how hot these appliances can get.
That makes sense since you were not at the scene, and I cannot ask you speculate.
I wonder if you could tell me "hypothetically" how hot a dryer could get if it malfunctioned.
I am sorry but I could not even guess on something like that. I have never seen something like you're thinking. Were there any flammables on the towels?
I was told that none were applied to the towels, but rather used exculsively on cotton balls that were disposed of. The towels were only used for dryer customer's hands, feet and to put on the headrest of chairs.
I think that I am good unless there is anything else you can think of.