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Why are those cotton fireballs burning me? Answered

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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odellcowgirl (author)2011-10-17

get your hands wet duh,by the way im only eleven and i figured that out before you

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lemonie (author)2009-03-28

It's burning you because it's on fire.
(Try asking who ever it is that made the video)

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Kiteman (author)lemonie2009-03-28
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?

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lemonie (author)Kiteman2009-03-28

The Instructable that says not to use lighter fluid...?

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Kiteman (author)lemonie2009-03-28

Haha, that would be the one.

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purduecer (author)lemonie2009-03-28
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NobodyInParticular (author)2009-03-28

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.

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