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iron oxide... Answered

ok, i have been looking through some instructables and everyyone is going to great lengths to get a litle bit of rust by electrolysis). however, burning some steel wool would produce iron oxide? i think i'm right? lol, this would produce black iron oxide is that ok to make thermite with?

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funwithfire325 (author)2007-07-31

iron oxide is per rust you find it home depo and stains your fingers badly i use it to make red powder ( stronger and cleaner the balck powder ) if you want to make some leave me a commet and DO NOT SMELL THIS POWDER IF YOU DO YOUR LUNGS WELL HERT FOR A LONG TIME

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andy60 (author)2007-07-31

thanks fopr the info people ; )

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lemonie (author)2007-07-30

You can extract black iron oxide from central heating systems (radiator-sludge) - maybe you could give yours a purge? L

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Kiteman (author)2007-07-30

Burning iron produces black ferrous oxide - Iron(II) Oxide (FeO).

The oxide produced by electrolysis is ferric oxide - Iron(III) Oxide (Fe2O3).

Mass-for-mass, ferric oxide contains more oxygen, so is probably more efficient. Try it and let us know.

( I have also heard the FeO is potentially hazardous as it ignites easily, although I have never had this problem when burning iron filings in lessons.)

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