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Blow Pot

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During the 1920s, bush pilots needed to heat the oil in engines on their planes using an open flame torch called a blow pot.

Before take off in subzero temperatures, pilots placed the blow pot under the engine block, then covered the engine with a tarp to trap the heat.

Heating an engine with a blow pot was hazardous, and could take as long as two hours

Bush pilots also took this opportunity to warm themselves!

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Ascension # 96-214 or 2017-R0707

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