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Worst Bonfire Ever?
Coming from the class that built the highest bonfire ever — 100 tiers! — I can testify that the center of the bonfire has to be filled with hot-burning scavenged material, not just old shipping pallets:
A longtime reader reports on the sad result this past Friday evening:
We have a (normally positive) Dartmouth alumni couple, who are also twice-former Dartmouth parents, staying with us this weekend. They are veterans of many Homecoming weekends. They report that Friday night’s bonfire was an epic fail.
Apparently there was not enough scrap wood and pallets piled into the center to provide the inferno-like heat required to get the main timbers burning all the way up the stack. Eventually the timbers at the base caught fire. As they were consumed and reduced in size, the entire (still not burning) superstructure tilted and then crashed sideways to the ground.
Between having a graduate school of engineering and a century or so of experience building these pyres, Dartmouth should have its bonfire construction formula more or less figured out. Apparently they tried something different this year. It did not work well.
Actually, in our day, the bonfire was built with used, creosote-soaked railroad ties, not brand-new ones (how about cycling them before recycling them?). Those suckers would really burn.
Addendum: A fairly reliable source has written in to observe that the kiln-dried railway ties that the College ordered were a fair bit greener/wetter than promised.
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