How to Make Flammable Ice (yes-solid Water)

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Introduction: How to Make Flammable Ice (yes-solid Water)

Ice is quickly added to a dry Pyrex bowl. Not Dry there is Calcium Carbide on the bottom, that is why you do it quickly. When the Ice melts the water reacts with the calcium carbide (place on the bottom) to produce acetylene gas and calcium hydroxide. The acetylene gas then explodes into flames when a match is place on top. It will continue to burn even as the ice melts because it keeps producing acetylene until the calcium carbide runs out.

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    and where do u go to get calcium carbide anyways?

    Does the match have to be lit or what. I'm not sure.

    calcium carbide....not dinosaur fuels

    my car has like 2 t rex power btw.

    I think I have about 1/2 a horseshoe crab going for mine.

    It must be nice to be a teacher and have chemicals at your disposal.......

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    also, as a product called "Bang-Site". the company produces old replica cannons that use the bang-site to fire. they shoot no projectiles. they are located somewhere in eastern PA (bethlehem maybe?). my dad and i didnt want to spend 300 dollars on one of their brass civil war replica cannons, but a few bucks for a tube of calcium carbide didnt seem like a bad deal. then we made a PVC cannon and before long we were launching 34mm superballs 100 yds easy. the stuff is powerful. i should post an 'ible on how to make a bang-site cannon :-)

    i would like to see that   i want to use it for paintball mortar....have to see if ball disintegrate at launch

    check out backyard ballistics by William Gurstel which has a plan to make a carbide cannon but it sells for 18 dollars in America or about 9 British pounds if I'm correct

    I have that! Its a great book!

    before batteries were convenient, miners would use calcium carbide for their headlamps. at the start of their shift they would place a small amount of CaC2 into their lamps with water. I think the water would slowly drip and the acetylene gas would then keep the small flame burning. this reflected off a mirror to make a respectable lamp...cant remember if any exploded or not though :p

    you should get some potassium nitrate while your there (sold as a stump remover) it can be used to make gunpowder and smoke bombs

    i should just like to point out, a lot of places wont sell Potassium Nitrate to minors, purely because it can be made into black powder.

    Pfft. E-B-A-Y If I can buy Uranium off of Amazon...I can buy KNO3 from Ebay.

    Wait, how do you get Uranium?!?

    you have a few options, you can buy it, mine it, or steal it, i would recommend buying it, i think united nuclear has it