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March 16, 2014, 10:33:59 AM
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Hi,
Woke up this morning to the fire alarm and couldn't understand what it was :/
When i then walked downstairs to my miners black smoke came out from the door.
Lost ~15 BTC worth of mining hardware and have to restore the room again.
Those cubes are not safe at all !!! the funny thing is that the fuses and case is all that survived!
Luckily my last antminer hasn't arrived yet!!
so back to the old days without any mining equipment.
Probably will quit mining after this experience or move it outside in a box.
The funny thing is i just got new hardware and its all gone Sad
Just wanted to share my story to warn people that mining is not the safest thing to do in your basement!!
Make sure that you have your cables managed  and proper cooling!!! I personally thought that i had done a good job at this, however was proven wrong today.
Time to move on!! was kind of lucky im going on holiday in a few days and had planed to let them run!!
If you feel generous and want to help me build it up again:

Thanks,
JT

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EDIT:
This threat has become a place of sharing your experience on  how to prevent accidents like fire.
Fell free to share your experiences with all of us !
Thanks,
JT
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March 16, 2014, 10:36:43 AM
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I never heard of such case!
What mining hardware are you exactly using???
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March 16, 2014, 10:40:09 AM
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1 rig with 4 giga 280x
1 rig with 4 asus 280x 
5 antminers running 205ghs
10 cubes
server 32gb ram quad cpu xeon
costume psus, ups systems, 24 port gigabit switch
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March 16, 2014, 10:53:46 AM
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now everything is in the trash!!!
could save some cube blades and a single cube!!!
have to test them thought!!

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March 16, 2014, 10:59:06 AM
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what unit caused the fire? I just ordered myself an antminer

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March 16, 2014, 11:11:31 AM
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not the antminer only the asic cubes can post a pic of it later
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March 16, 2014, 12:55:48 PM
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Pics, or it did not happen !
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March 16, 2014, 01:54:16 PM
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Man, so sad to hear that has happened to you. I didn't even know it is possible to have fire while mining coins
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March 16, 2014, 01:59:33 PM
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Wow that sucks..But thank God you are ok and the rest of your house hasn't burned down.
Could you post some pictures of the damage?

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March 16, 2014, 01:59:59 PM
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1 rig with 4 giga 280x
1 rig with 4 asus 280x 
5 antminers running 205ghs
10 cubes
server 32gb ram quad cpu xeon
costume psus, ups systems, 24 port gigabit switch


maybe your power lines were not up to the task?
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March 16, 2014, 02:16:01 PM
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only have a pic of the sucre of the fire.
Everything else in in the bin and could save some stuff one cube 6 blade out of different machines if anyone wants them pm me!!
The pic of the asic cube that started the fire i think:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/vb5ck6dovusesmp/2014-03-16%2010.35.21.jpg

As you can see on the pic the fire was caused by the asic cube shorting the wires and they overheated and started the fire!
Sorry for not taking more pics.
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March 16, 2014, 02:20:09 PM
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Kinda offtopic here, but why is there a usb port on that psu? For monitoring purposes?

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March 16, 2014, 02:41:06 PM
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Can I take a wild guess?Huh

You had them all on an extension cable right?


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March 16, 2014, 03:04:42 PM
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Can I take a wild guess?Huh

You had them all on an extension cable right?



No i had them on different cables.
For safety reasons i have just bought a cheap shed on ebay to host my future miners as i got a little scared for fires.
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March 16, 2014, 03:33:26 PM
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Can I take a wild guess?Huh

You had them all on an extension cable right?



No i had them on different cables.
For safety reasons i have just bought a cheap shed on ebay to host my future miners as i got a little scared for fires.


It sounds like an overload to me (but I could be wrong).


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March 16, 2014, 03:44:59 PM
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Can I take a wild guess?Huh

You had them all on an extension cable right?



No i had them on different cables.
For safety reasons i have just bought a cheap shed on ebay to host my future miners as i got a little scared for fires.


It sounds like an overload to me (but I could be wrong).


Thats what i thought too!! however it had been running for a week since the new miners came in. So how can it overload like that??
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March 16, 2014, 03:52:03 PM
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How did you put it out? Water?
The fire was in a state which would have caused your house to burn down if you weren't there to intervene, did I get that right? Really sorry to hear that, that's something I'm afraid of all the time. And one of the reasons I won't go big with mining..
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March 16, 2014, 03:58:56 PM
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i was mining ltc on 2 7950s and 2 7970s and one night i charged my phone in the plug next to my bed instead of the pc and it was very warm..... went out the the rig and it was on the same circuit and that plug was very warm as well. sold 2 of the cards so far.... not worth it and i do not know much about the wiring other than it prolly hasnt been updated in a long long time. i watch over the little gear i have like a new born baby because i cant afford new anything if my place went up in smoke and jusrt for piece of mind.

another time something didnt seem right on that set up and it seemed i was maxing out the psu because the cards werent acting right... 5 min later i had a faint electrical smell, not burning just the real hot smell. ran out to the living room and touched the psus and one was soooo damn hot if i didnt check it it prolly would have started a fire that night.
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March 16, 2014, 04:06:25 PM
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That's why it's very important to use high quality a-brand PSU's and not let them run 24/7 at 80%+ load.

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March 16, 2014, 04:09:09 PM
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How did you put it out? Water?
The fire was in a state which would have caused your house to burn down if you weren't there to intervene, did I get that right? Really sorry to hear that, that's something I'm afraid of all the time. And one of the reasons I won't go big with mining..

Yeah thats right!! I was so happy that i had put up smoke detectors in that room!! or i wouldn't have noticed. used powder fire extinguisher  to get it out!!  


i was mining ltc on 2 7950s and 2 7970s and one night i charged my phone in the plug next to my bed instead of the pc and it was very warm..... went out the the rig and it was on the same circuit and that plug was very warm as well. sold 2 of the cards so far.... not worth it and i do not know much about the wiring other than it prolly hasnt been updated in a long long time. i watch over the little gear i have like a new born baby because i cant afford new anything if my place went up in smoke and jusrt for piece of mind.

another time something didnt seem right on that set up and it seemed i was maxing out the psu because the cards werent acting right... 5 min later i had a faint electrical smell, not burning just the real hot smell. ran out to the living room and touched the psus and one was soooo damn hot if i didnt check it it prolly would have started a fire that night.

For the PSU thing you might have had a cheap one or it was overloaded!! have never heard before that the plugs in the wall get hot :/ that must be dangerous !!!
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