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If rust is called "Iron Oxide" is it possible to make rust with a metal other than Iron*Read Description*? Answered

i'm trying to make thermite i know every way possible but i don't know if you can make the proper rust for thermite using steel or any other metal i know thermite also consists of aluminum filings and yes i do have the materials to make them



Best Answer 7 years ago

As long as the metal is mostly iron (as steel is), then "yes".

If it is rust, it is usable.

Actually there are a lot of metal oxides that can be used to make "thermite". Oxides of copper, nickel, manganese, molybdenum, cobalt, and probably others will work as well. However, iron oxide is by far the cheapest and easiest oxide to obtain. Copper oxide for example is about $10 a pound, cobalt oxide about $60 a pound.

If you can : put some steel food cans in a fire and get them really hot. It is more fun if they're unopened but I mean empty. Then leave them outside to be weathered.


No, you can't use any other metal.