We had a customer call from Western Queensland and he wanted some wrap to go around a muffler that was causing fires on his harvester.
He said it was common for pieces of dry stalks, crop dust or chaff to gather on the harvester and this was particularly dangerous around exhaust pipes, mufflers and turbo chargers.
In fact, the GRDC (Grain Research and Development Corporation) claim that 7% of harvesters will start a fire EVERY YEAR.
The risk of fire varies depending on the weather conditions, wind direction and the type of crops with Chickpeas being one of the worst offenders.
This problem is not confined to the northern states. We have had reports of similar fire problems in southern states such as Victoria.
Wrapping of hot exhausts and mufflers is one way to reduce the risks.
Other methods include the frequent cleaning of the vehicle with high pressure blowers to reduce the build up of inflammable materials.