the flash temp is conventionally understood as 40 degrees centigrade. I keep some in metal tins lined with fireboard (dry liner, plasterboard) in a darkroom and keep an eye on temp. During the heatwave in uk this year the air temp got to about 26. If it combusts the problem is more containing it, ie not letting the fire spread and cause more damage.

I bought a rank slide projector on ebay recently and when i opened it it had a small slide reel about camping that was on nitrate...!

lots depends on its condition. if image looks good no reason to destroy it.


On Wed, 12 Dec 2018, Mandar Gotad wrote:

You can do film scanning 

On Wed, Dec 12, 2018, 16:18 < wrote:
      Hi all,

      I have three reels of 35mm suspected as nitrate and confirmed by my local 
film archive recently. They want to dispose
      safely of the film via a third party… And don’t recommend that it is 
taken back into a domestic environment as they told me
      it will invalidate my house insurance.  I’m torn between recklessly 
wanting it back to set fire to myself (!) and document
      as an artwork. I have very little idea what is on it apart from it’s 
1920s (and presumably not thought to be significant if
      the archive want to destroy it). It’s not in bad condition and has just 
been sitting in my studio for the last three years.
      I suddenly panicked about it spontaneously combusting after watching Bill 
Morrison’s Dawson City: Frozen Time, which
      includes lots of footage of film setting on fire!

      Any recommendations, thoughts, warnings, advice from an artist filmmaker 
perspective, rather than an archival perspective,
      are welcomed.

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