Introduction: Flaming Tennis

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Tennis made a little more interesting...

Sorry for the lack of pictures I'll add more in about a week.

Step 1: Materials

1. Tennis balls

2. Two or more tennis rackets

3. Lighter

4. Gasoline

5. Common sense

Step 2: Location

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Location is important. You want a place that won't burn down or get you in trouble for being there. I use church parking lots, or other large stretches of asphalt.

Step 3: Soaking the Ball

When tennis balls are made, they're filled with compressed air. this means that the first time a ball is used for flaming tennis, you must use only a little gas. If you don't, the compressed air will exit the ball on the first few bounces, resulting in a spectacular pyrotecnics display, but sadly not the result we want. Using a small amount of gas, the ball will still flare up, but it wont go out or waste your gas, meaning you can play longer, and have more gas left over.

Step 4: Lighting and Serving

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Lighting is easy, simply place the soaked ball on the ground and use a lighter to catch it on fire.


To serve, simply place the racket on the ground near the ball and using a scooping motion, launch the ball.

Step 5: Rules

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1. Keep the ball off of grass and away from flammable materials/objects.

2. Don't hog the ball.

3. Tennis rules optional

4. Have fun!


dojer8y (author)2015-11-05

lol is this not cool

frostybob (author)2011-06-25

reminds me of friends 'fire ball'

lickpoison (author)2010-01-20

UMMMMM... jeez... I should get my annoying little brother to play this! PYROMANIA 4EVER

Tim Temple (author)2009-12-07

#5 is optional!

spenfisher12 (author)Tim Temple2010-01-08

lol that sounds like something I would say

struckbyanarrow (author)2010-01-01

Change the title to " how to light a tennis ball on fire".

hey thought of this when I was like 5 years old but still have'nt tried it :)

fade400 (author)2008-12-19

heh .. if you common sense is one of the materials .. you may want to avoid gasoline. okay so i havn't tried soaking a tennis ball in gas and playing with it (i used wd40 at the time = not long burn time and huge poof of flame when you strike the ball w/ racket) .. im sure it goes for a long time.

Butttt, one mistake with ur fuel tank an you got a raging fire.

If i were you, I would give lamp oil (tiki torch fluid) a try. I use it all the time for fire poi. It doesn't go out easily, very bright, and needs to be soaked in fabric in order to burn. Another thing used for fire poi is coleman camp fluid (white gas). It burns a lot hotter than lamp oil and is harder to extinguish. But it is also easier to light and some say it is brighter although i can't tell the difference.

good luck and don't die or get arrested.

The Mollusk (author)fade4002009-10-15

Funny story lol. One night, I thought it was about midnight or so and Iwent to go play with my friends down at the church. It turns out it wasonly nine o' clock... the people inside called in a terrorist attack andit took the police an hour to get there (take that response time!). By then we had already finished the game,and they ended up just sending us home.

The Mollusk (author)fade4002009-02-11

Thanks! I stopped playing though... I can't play in my neiborhood anymore and i don't feel comfortable doing it in other neiborhoods.

itsthatsguy (author)2009-10-12

Please be careful when doing this, a couple local kids got high, and started tossing one of these around in a new house (which they broke into) and the house caught on fire (obviously) and the kids got burned and arrested and sent to jouvy for a few days.

caco caco (author)2009-09-26


firefighter1333 (author)2009-09-13

i got hit! shhhhhhhhlllllllllttttttttt..... aaaaaahhhhhhhh....... shhhhhhhhllllllllt.... aaaaaaaahhhhh.......................... IM FINE! LOOOL ROFLMAO! just kiddin i love it

corey_caffeine (author)2008-08-10

lol wtf did he say??

Gamer917 (author)corey_caffeine2009-08-17

lol admin got pwned

struckbyanarrow (author)2008-08-13

if you had common sence you wouldn't do ""this""

Thats coming from a 13-year-old pyro who likes projectiles (i.e. airsoft, arrows, fireworks). You'd think he'd love this sport, or at least I'd think so...

no i love love this " im just trying to be difficult" as my father says


(seabear) (author)The Mollusk2009-07-24


mage (author)2009-05-25

this looks like something i would try if my xbox was broken. i applaud you!

emuman4evr (author)2008-12-03

Hey can I use this for firing out of this mortar?

The Mollusk (author)emuman4evr2009-02-11

Go for it.

PizzaPlanet (author)2008-11-05

gasoline burns way too fast use something light liter fluid or turpentine. Watered down turpentine burns much more slowly for a longer game of fire tennis. (no melted balls)

The Mollusk (author)PizzaPlanet2008-11-06

I used kerosene once (which burns slower than gas), and we couldn't keep the ball lit. Because gasoline is more explosive than lighter fluid and watered down turpentine, its much harder to put out. You can use substitutes, but I think gas it your best bet. (the balls don't melt. the fuzzy stuff burns off and the ball becomes unusable)

91% Isopropal rubbing alc. works too :) I tried it last night and did fire soccer, it was fun :)

TheMadScientist (author)2008-09-02

if you use acetone, it'll strip off the green color really fast. this lets you know which balls are excessively flammable, and which are not :D

Sorry, I missed that, how will you know which balls are more flammable by stripping the color off, or are you saying use acetone instead of gas? If you want to use acetone instead of gas, go ahead, but there are better uses for acetone, and the flame won't last as long as with gas.

Horny Toad (author)2008-07-19

Flaming tennis? I love the materials needed: lighter, gasoline, and common sense. Wait, what? er, am I missing something here?

Steel Froggy (author)Horny Toad2008-08-17

No, hit the ball with your face. x3 "I GOT IT!" *headbutts* xD xD xD

TiLt (author)2008-08-07

with regard to the melting/burning strings if you have a old tennis racket and some wool you could use that as string so you don't have to be so careful

The Mollusk (author)TiLt2008-08-07

Good suggestion.

TiLt (author)The Mollusk2008-08-07

thanks it was just an idea

The Mollusk (author)TiLt2008-08-07

Well, all ideas are welcome.

T-K (author)2008-07-28

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Notbob (author)2008-07-21

The one problem is that if your racket gets some gasoline on it the strings will melt.

The Mollusk (author)Notbob2008-07-21

Ya, but if you can find an older racket with string strings then they won't melt, but then you have to worry about them burning...

technodude92 (author)2008-07-20

the picture from step 4 looks kinda like Flaming Field Hockey.

The Mollusk (author)technodude922008-07-20

It might be, I just ripped it from the internet, I haven't played in a while.

Aftershock (author)2008-07-17

. . . I suck too much at tennis to play this. I'd probably die from over Stop Drop and Rolling. In fact, I'm a real spaz, so It'd probably be Stop and Try to Drop, then die, but thats not the point. . .

The Mollusk (author)Aftershock2008-07-18

Investing in a fire extinguisher might be a good choice for you. Me and my friends haven't had a problem with fires, yet...

ErVaK (author)The Mollusk2008-07-20

hey this looks kinda cool but wouldn't when you hit it it spray the fuel every where BURNING. could be painful lol

The Mollusk (author)ErVaK2008-07-20

I've never had that problem, in fact the biggest problem I've had is lighting the damn thing and keeping it lit.

ErVaK (author)The Mollusk2008-07-20

oh ok cool

=SMART= (author)Aftershock2008-07-19


benthekahn (author)2008-07-19

My friend and I did the same thing except with RC car fuel and makeshift hockey sticks.

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