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It All Started with Johnnie: Random Facts About Tyres

Posted June 24, 2015 12:00 AM by Cygnet
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The earliest tyres were bands of leather, then iron, (later steel), placed on wooden wheels, used on carts and wagons. Historically, the spelling was 'tire' and is of French origin which comes from the word tirer, to pull.

Pneumatic tyres

The first practical air-filled pneumatic tyre was made in 1888 by John Boyd Dunlop, a Scots-born vet, for his son Johnnie's tricycle.

John Boyd Dunlop

Hot tyres

285 million tyres were scrapped in 2011 in the US. The good news is that now several countries have strict regulations on disposal of tyres.

A major issue is tyre fires. The fire releases a dark, thick smoke that contains carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and products of butadiene and styrene. Tyres can burn for weeks as they have a low thermal conductivity, they are difficult to cool down.

In 2014, 15,000 tonnes of tyres caught fire in Yorkshire, England.

A Nasa satellite picked up on this 6000 ft plume of smoke after 15,000 tonnes of tyres set alight at a tyre recycling plant in Sherburn-in-Elmet in North Yorkshire.

In Iowa City, Iowa, on May 26, 2012, a fire started in the ground tyre bedding material at the Iowa City Landfill, involving at least 7.5 acres of landfill. It was finally extinguished on June 12. Some tyre fires last for months.

Shoes, toucans and earthships

Apart from uses such as sub-grade fill and embankments, backfill for walls and bridge abutments, sub-grade insulation for roads, used tyres are used to make shoes, swings and many more things.


"I had to stop driving my car for a while... the tyres got dizzy"

Steven Wright, comedian


Are you familiar with earthships? An earthship is a type of passive solar house that is made of both natural and recycled materials (such as earth-filled tyres). Mike Reynolds, who is "the" earthship evangelist, started a revolution in building these off- grid structures.

Stay in a funky off-grid house

Try it out for yourself! You can stay at the Alberta earthship in Lethbridge County. Made of 800 recycled tyres and 12,000 cans encased in mortar, the long and skinny bungalow is a radically sustainable building that offers all the comforts of a modern home without any electricity or water bills.

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Tyre recycling fire ©Alamy Live News

NASA image ©PA

Earthship ©EVE Earthship Project tyre wall w/Visitor Center


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On a "tyrey" theme, which company is the largest manufacturer of tyres in the world? Answers please.

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06/24/2015 7:26 AM

there was a place in Kentucky or somewhere like that over 30 years ago,.... that was a huge dumpsite for old tires.... it caught fire (how who knows)... anyways there was oil running through the yard. Reports state that was from the tires. And went on to say how much oil could be extracted out of each tire.

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06/24/2015 9:09 AM

Is that TCMTECH's house there in the second photo?

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06/24/2015 12:11 PM

No! There's way too much good heating fuel going to waste by building one of those.

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06/24/2015 1:01 PM

Yes, instead lets just sit back, relax and throw another tire (tyre English version) on the ole' camp fire, and have a sing-a-long.

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06/24/2015 3:29 PM

Not that picture, I mean the one at the top of the article.

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06/24/2015 5:18 PM

Not yet but a guy has to have things to look forward to for his bucket list!

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06/25/2015 6:20 AM

Got to give you a GA for that phoenix911 - Good one!

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True story: I set my grandma's house on fire when aged 6.
Along came the fire engines, bells ringing, they smashed in all the windows and doors,
flooded the place with water, and,.. I got sent home? What a day.
(Bart Simpson eat your heart out!)

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06/25/2015 8:38 AM

Oh,...True story's..... great. I like that.

About 10 years ago, I had dated a girl, which I'll call Faye, she was kinda an outdorsey type.... I went camping with her and her friends, there were like 6 other couples there, with their kids.

Well, we were sitting around the camp fire telling story's and reminiscing about our past. And a fellow sitting next to me who I'll call "Jim", brought up... this was a lot better time that when my girlfriend Faye and her husband (now 'EX") at the time went camping.

They were all around the camp fire just like we're doing now, having a good time, and her now ex-husband excused himself, he came back and threw on some old tires on the campfire.

People asked him what the hell was he doing. He response was, this is a good time to get rid of these.

Anyway, "Jim" mentioned it wasn't before long and we were black all over. Black faces, white eyes..... it was terrible.

And me with my graphic imagination, ask Jim.... "So, did anyone break out in a good show tune?"

And without the aid of this link, he knew what I was thinking and he replied,: "I did a really good Al Jolson melody."

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06/25/2015 7:10 AM

Shred the tires, burn them in a low O oven, run the gases thru a Fisher-Troupse (sp) filter. Then you have bio diesel. The remaining tar can be used for road repair.

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06/25/2015 8:39 AM

Low "O" , that would be a calciner.......

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06/25/2015 9:08 AM

Oxygen. I did some experiments using crushed brick charcoal in my kitchen in a tea kettle. Made a flame around 3' length and burned a hole in the kettle. Dang near set fire to the kitchen.

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06/25/2015 9:28 AM

wow, you really keep the neighbors entertained..... you should keep a journal..... there's a tv sitcom about you in your future......

We make liquid smoke out of saw dust, we use calciners, wiped film evaporators and the like to process this.

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06/25/2015 8:49 AM

Ya know, I had always wondered why the British insisted on spelling it tyre. Now I understand. To PO the French!

Tyre, fyre, wyre,hygher, I think I lyke it!

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06/26/2015 1:49 AM

Years ago I saw a presentation on how to turn tires into natural gas. They were heated up in a pressure chamber and the gas drawn off. There was a continuous feed with a hydraulic ram. About 15% of the gas was used to heat the cylinder. The rest was surplus. The remaining char was good for roadbed and fill.

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07/03/2015 5:36 AM

Anyone willing to attempt to answer the question

Which company is the largest manufacturer of tyres in the world?

Clue: Company founded in 1932 by a Viking...

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