Re: Yes Burn the Trash
The original idea for the Saffire experiment was to light off an uncontrolled garbage fire in the Cygnus, but after looking at the set-up it was realized there was no way to get good, quantified data from the experiment. So, first, they're trying these boxes to figure out how individual materials respond.
Having been on the wrong end of experiments that juggled too many variables at once, I approve of the methodical Saffire approach. The data won't get lost in the noise if you start small.
There are always more cargo flights - Soyuz, Cygnus, Dragon. Once you have the basics worked out, then try a bigger fire.