Quote Originally Posted by IanW View Post
Yuk! The stench of carbide! While reading your post, I got a distinct whiff of the stuff. Our neighbors down the road where I grew up were 'tin-scratchers' and used carbide lamps a lot. The light these things give off is amazing, but I don't know how they worked all day in a confined space, with that stink.

Thank goodness for LEDs & lithium batteries!

Apparently part of the stench was contributed to by the impurities (which included arsenic) which together with the CO and the silica didn't help the miners lungs.