Introduction: Fire Breathing With Food As Fuel

Here is a great way to blow huge flames more than 10 feet high without using any toxic chemicals. This method uses food as fuel. It is much safer than alcohol or other fuels, not only because it is non-toxic, but also because the fuel is not really flammable until you blow it. It won't burn if you spill it on yourself. With that said, you should still be careful when playing with fire. I take no responsibility for any damage or injury you might suffer.


Mark 42 (author)2016-01-26

This is why woodshops have dust collection systems. Dust inside a building can explode. Google "grain silo explosion" if you want another example.

coke87 (author)2015-04-30

what can i use to do this besides matches? does it have to be mixed with water or used as it?

shoemaker (author)coke872015-04-30

You can use anything that is on fire, that won't blow out too easily.

The corn starch has to be dry. Don't mix water.

coke87 (author)shoemaker2015-05-01

do i have to use matches or what do i use for the flame besides cornstarch??

cnash1303 (author)2011-05-11

i like to use cinnemen....however you spell it.

thetre97 (author)cnash13032014-04-21

cinnamon lol

jeffasaurus rex (author)2011-08-26

should i use just one big breath or a double tap?

I go with one long heavy breath. I try to get as much air as I can in my lungs and then blow it all aout in about 1 second.

thanks, i'll try that.

Dread_Neck (author)2011-08-25

The best way is too mix 1 part corn starch and i part powdered sugar

bwells2 (author)2011-06-23

Can I use baking soda or baking powder?

shoemaker (author)bwells22011-06-23

Baking soda is a fire retardant, so i don't think it will work. I think baking powder would be similar. If you are desperate to try something, try flour.

awalters3 (author)2011-06-05

But a shop-vac wont work... Thats why they invented cordless vacuums. Oh the thrills and adventures I shall have torturing my neighbors >:DD

vinny_bolado (author)2011-04-17

the breath has to be continuous until the end portion of starch in your mouth, otherwise the fire will invade your mouth

shoemaker (author)vinny_bolado2011-04-18

That is not entirely true. The corn starch will not burn unless it is mixed with a lot of oxygen. I have blown several breaths with one mouthful of cornstarch. That is one of the great things about using cornstarch instead of alcohol or petroleum products that will burn in your mouth and when they are spilled on yourself. You could actually smother a fire with cornstarch if you could apply it without adding oxygen as you do so.

sockless (author)2009-09-11

Now all we need to do is create an automated cornstarch dispenser, get a reversed vacuum cleaner or something and get a flame source and we have a flame thrower!

badideasrus (author)sockless2011-01-08

hello? shop vac with no filter? almost all have a 'blow' function. just fill with corn starch. ........ for legalities' sake (and for common sence) DON'T do this. it wouldn't suprise me if you could set all the corn starch in the tank of fire, since it would be ....cloudified?...... by the shop vac, inside the shop vac. instant kaboom!

justjimAZ (author)badideasrus2011-03-25


Thundertydus (author)sockless2010-01-20

or you can just mix the cornstarch with gasoline to make improvised napalm, put it in a super-soaker and attatch a blowtorch to one end.

mixing it with gasoline would make the cornstarch pointless, as it is only flammable when dry

Gasoline is also only flammable in fume form!

hintss (author)mettaurlover2010-12-16

I'm pretty sure you mean its only explosive in fume form...

mettaurlover (author)hintss2010-12-16

No, it really can only burn in fume form. I have a friend who regularly dunks his arm in gasoline and sets it on fire without getting injured from it. Only safe because liquid gas WILL. NOT. BURN.

shoemaker (author)sockless2009-09-11

I am working on that one. Stay tuned.

Tgwizman (author)shoemaker2010-02-09

You sooo put this on 9/11
You should have waited a day or something to post something about you makeing explosives!

babanajoe (author)2011-02-22

I burn my sweeper with this

enigma27 (author)2010-08-12

hey, i read if you breath in the cornstarch it can be really harmfully. how bad will it be if you inhale it. and would the powdereded sugar be the safest bet or what?

Toastalicious (author)enigma272010-09-29

Breathing ANYTHING that isn't air is bad.

hintss (author)Toastalicious2010-12-16

oxygen mixed with helium?

thats good. some squekiness in your voice, but its good...

Toastalicious (author)hintss2010-12-18

You still shouldn't inhale helium. It might not really all that bad, but you may suffocate. it's a possibility.

hintss (author)Toastalicious2010-12-20

but when it comes pre-mixed with oxygen...

Toastalicious (author)hintss2010-12-20

oh come on, you're just being ridiculous. I'm just saying if you breathe anything in that isn't clean air, it most likely doesn't belong in your body. -.-

mark41097 (author)2010-05-25

and btw which of thse three is the most flammable ???

ninjaimasta (author)mark410972010-06-13

None are more "flammable" than the other. Any powder that is finely distributed in the air near a source of flame is "flammable", next time your near a camp fire or something get a big ole' handful of flour, custard powder, hell even ajax will do and throw it through just above the flames. This "dust explosion" can "generate a dust explosion, such as coal, sawdust, and magnesium. However, many otherwise mundane materials can also lead to a dangerous dust cloud such as grain, flour, sugar, powdered milk and pollen." sources: Flour mills and coal mines have actually exploded due to this effect.

hintss (author)ninjaimasta2010-12-16

does this explain the flamability of aluminum powder and/or thermite?

shoemaker (author)mark410972010-05-26

I think corn starch is the most flamable.

mark41097 (author)shoemaker2010-05-27


TheRavenKing (author)2010-08-10

Genius, absolutely great. I used corn starch and was able to produce smaller fire balls. Any advice on how to get the range you got? I was getting 3 Feet maximum. Tips on getting it to 10 Feet would be great.

shoemaker (author)TheRavenKing2010-08-10

Lots of fuel and lots of air. Get as much cornstarch in your mouth as you can, then blow as much air as your lungs will hold.

TheRavenKing (author)shoemaker2010-09-13

Thanks for the info, will do!

Soul007 (author)2010-08-22

I tried this today but it didn't really work out for me. I stuffed three kerosine soaked cotton balls in a metal pipe so that one stuck out for my torch and I followed the instructions with the corn starch. What did I do wrong? Was my flame too small? Thanks and the video's awesome- Soul

Bridel568 (author)2010-07-06

i think that this is pretty awsome but i am wondering if maybe just regular sugar will work. do you know if it will?

JR737 (author)Bridel5682010-07-24

Regular sugar won't work also because powdered sugar has a great deal of corn starch in it.

Trace II (author)Bridel5682010-07-07

Regular sugar will NOT work to do this. The reason this works is because when a very fine powder is mixed with a lot of air, it can burn.

NAC2000 (author)2010-06-21


mark41097 (author)2010-05-25

that's just FREAKIN' AWESOME thanks man!

xhudaman (author)2010-01-20

cool video and my corn starch didnt really light can u help me with that it was more powder than any flame if there was a lame i didnt see it

shoemaker (author)xhudaman2010-01-21

this can happen sometimes if you don't quite get the flame into the cloud of powder.  A little practice will help you get the feel of it.  Check the photo in the title - hold the flame maybe six inches from your mouth and make sure the stream of powdery air coming out of your mouth hits the flame.

xhudaman (author)shoemaker2010-02-11

ya thanx i actually did i made sure to watch the video like 5 times again before i tried it and it still didnt work maybe i wasnt blowing it good but i tried since corn starch is a bit annoying to have in your mouth but it was exactly like you said so please try to help is there any other possible reason it didnt work??

shoemaker (author)xhudaman2010-02-12

If you hit the flame with a cloud of corn starch it will work.  If you miss the flame or just kind of spit on the flame it won't work.  You need a big deep breath and then blow the entire breath.  If you are blowing hard with a mouth full of cornstarch and it doesn't work, the only thing I can think of is that you missed the flame.  This has happened to me a few times - especially int he beginning.  With a little practice, it works every time.

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