Introduction: Introduction to Fire Water
You may have stumbled upon this instructable and thought, "How does that work? Fire and water? Is that possible?" In short, yes (due to a little bit of chemical illusion). This instructable will show you how. But first, you may want to watch this video:
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Step 1: First, You Need to Get the STUFF!
- Diethyl Ether
- Sodium (optional)
Step 2: Setting Up and Cautionary Warnings
Firstly, this experiment deals with fire, as well as a potassium and water reaction. So we need to inform you of the possibility of danger and risk of harm. Now that this information is out of the way, let's start setting up shall we? Firstly, you will need (depending on the size of reaction you want) 1-3 "chunks" of potassium. Put that in a beaker, and then cover the bottom of the beaker (only the bottom, too much can cause problems) with diethyl ether.
Step 3: Fire!
Once you have the potassium and diethyl ether in the beaker, now is time for the fun part. Please be sure to have safety goggles when performing this step. Simply put the water in the potassium/sodium and stand back. These will mix and create a reaction (a spark) which ignites the diethyl ether, creating fire.
Step 4: In Conclusion...
So, if you followed these steps correctly, you should've made "fire water". This is a beautiful reaction and is great to watch. Here is what our reaction looked like: