Originally Posted by jobi
hey sorry for your misfortune and best recovery to you.
was that presurised alchol??
can you describe the event, this type of tragedy should at the very least educate others.
MMkay...basically I was moving a bottle of alcohol off of the counter while the pressure cooker was doing it's thing on one burner...I had just moved the cooker off of the aft burner and extinguished that burner, having ignited the forward burner...the flap was closed on the aft burner...the cap on the bottle leaked a bit as I turned with the bottle..unfortunately, I was a bit too close to the stove, as i crossed it, got a little dribble of fuel
right down the throat of the aft burner which immediately vaporized, and apparently the draft
sucked it across to the lit burner where upon it did what fuel
does and flashed...well, it got high enough to get the bottle..which was still in my right hand...I guess when it happened I squeezed (Plastic bottle..mistake number umpty scratch)..didn't help matters as all of a sudden my arm is in the broiler...I screeched and pitched the bottle out the companionway
towards the water..which very likely saved lives, certainly saved anyone else from getting injured..some of the alky dripped into the cockpit
and caught a plastic bag afire, but that was the worst of it, a few drips in the cabin sole
burned, but were quickly extinguished by the Admiral, while the XO held on to the Captain's dumb (medium rare) ass...before I lost
it completely I checked the
empty engine bay for fire, as the plastic bag that caught fire was plugging the hole left from the pedestal
that the (idiot) PO had installed..wanted to make sure id hadn't dripped in..pretty much the last non self preservation thought i had..My two lovely ladies, the wife and girlfriend undoubtedly saved me from much more extensive injury, and may have saved my life..they were cool and collected in the crunch..girlfriend walked me up to the marina head so that I could get some cold fresh water on it and stop the burn, I went into mild shock and went down for a couple minutes, bathed the burn and went back outside (fearing infection from the floor) and laid down on a bench with my legs and burnt arm elevated..and girlfriend holding my head still as I was beginning to shake pretty bad from the pain..wife had the ambulance coming, and had made sure the boat was secure...
So...obviously, I was complacent in having raw fuel around the galley
while the heat was on...and in keeping it in a marginal container, which i had not ensured the security
of, and handling said fuel while the stove was going..
I like my little origo, and I do not believe I will get rid of it in favor of propane..I am not a fan of flammable gas in a boat, yes I know thousands of hours..etc etc...I won't have a pressurized alky stove, don't trust them either...
If I change anything It will likely be to an origo oven
stove combo..but I doubt it.
Doc allowed me to bathe the arm tonight and will have to a couple times a day for awhile, am still in bandages, with about 25% second degree burns on hand and arm, with 1st degree burns on the other 75%, I will lose 2 to three weeks of work, doc doesn't think I will have to have therapy, but will not commit regarding plastic surgery, I am sick from all the pain meds, and groggy, and in a ****load of pain.
I cannot say enough about my wonderful ladies...they rock!
Don't fry bacon naked, folks.