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bsgibbs

So it was 100 degrees a few days ago and our Corten fence was 140 degrees. Hubby says that is pretty normal. I guess I should have checked the heat of the house, stucco, for a comparison.

I don't think it's enough to burn you, but it is uncomfortable to leave your hand on.

   
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P M

@bsgibbs, that’s pretty hot. It can burn. I worry about the effect on wildlife or pets (burns) and native plants (radiated heat). I pulled this off the Internet:

”Most adults will suffer third-degree burns if exposed to 150 degree water for two seconds. Burns will also occur with a six-second exposure to 140 degree water or with a thirty second exposure to 130 degree water. Even if the temperature is 120 degrees, a five minute exposure could result in third-degree burns.”

   
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bsgibbs

@pfmaher I just held my fingertips to the rusty fence for several seconds with no ill effects. Your reference quoted water temps, which I believe is a bit different to air and surface temps. We certainly didn't get 3rd degree burns from being in the 124 degree heat last summer.

My cacti and agaves have been next to the fence for 3 years with no ill effects from radiated heat. They do better there by being shaded from the setting sun than those exposed to direct sun and no radiated heat, other than the soil.

Most businesses out here wrap their metal door handles, especially those in direct sun, with something to prevent burns or discomfort. So It is a concern.

   

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