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Why are those cotton fireballs burning me?

I cut a strand from a 100% cotton T-shirt and tie it into a ball using cotton string and soak it in lighter fluid like it said in the video, but it still burns me when I hold it from the bottom where its not supposed to burn you.

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get your hands wet duh,by the way im only eleven and i figured that out before you
lemonie8 years ago
It's burning you because it's on fire.
(Try asking who ever it is that made the video)
Kiteman lemonie8 years ago
I think he means this Instrucable.

Three things occur to me:
  • Is the ball large enough (so that the flame doesn't go down as far as your hand)?
  • Is it wrapped tightly enough (to stop stuff splashing around)?
  • Have you put too much fuel on it?
lemonie Kiteman8 years ago
The Instructable that says not to use lighter fluid...?

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Kiteman lemonie8 years ago
Haha, that would be the one.
hehehe, good answer :-P
Important fact to remember: fire is hot.

Don't try to hold onto burning things for so long. You may also want to choose a fuel with a slightly lower combustion temperature, like grain alcohol.

Which video are you referring to? Youtube? I would be more inclined to trust the Instructable, but I still would never try this on myself without first testing with a thermometer.