How to Make Flammable Ice (yes-solid Water)

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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    43 Discussions

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    Zack3245
    Zack3245

    8 years ago on Introduction

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

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    pickford78
    pickford78

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

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

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    iBurn
    iBurn

    12 years ago on Introduction

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

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    kreationism
    kreationism

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    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 :-)

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    jocker912
    jocker912

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    beanie larue
    beanie larue

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    kreationism
    kreationism

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    twenglish1
    twenglish1

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Notbob
    Notbob

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    iBurn
    iBurn

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    twenglish1
    twenglish1

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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