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Old 03-05-06, 08:15 PM   #1
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Thermite

For those of you who have made this stuff, what did you use to heat up the Aluminum and Iron Oxide?
A good friend of mine wants to carry out this reaction, and is thinking about using magnesium strips to generate the heat. But I cant remember what the school used, I think it had something to do with sulfuric acid and/or glucose
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My chemistry teacher ( the cool one ) used the magnesium strips and it worked ok.
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Old 03-05-06, 10:34 PM   #3
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Uh oh...we all knew this day would come, but we hoped it wouldn't be for a while. Phantomcow is playing with explosives...
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You can just use a butane lighter.
Here's a cool video.
http://www.lemonzoo.com/show.php?c=14819
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Thermite is not really an explosive. Unless you attatch it to a tanker.
When I was a kid, I collected the iron oxide from a local rusty bridge. I had some 1/8 " Aluminum, that I filed to get that and I used the mag ribbon. But it did not work. I couldn't get the ribon to light the mixture. I think that you want to get the metals to be as fine as possible. I understand that mag powder is available. Those are the componants.
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What you do is, get a bunch of al+feo2 (my friends and I used to refer to thermite as alfredo, get it? haw haw), set it off inside a building. Wait for the firefighters to unknowingly show up and try to put it out and WHAMO, wipe out half a city block and KILL A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE.

Seriously, wtf are you people thinking? Don't play with fire and certainly don't play with really really hot fire.
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slvoid, our posts crossed. That thermite, must have powdered magnesium in it. Cool video.
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Well several tons of material burning hot enough to dissociate water'll do it...
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Wow, I seriously think PCow is crazy. I bet his next question in Foo will be "Where can I find plans on the internet to build a nuclear warhead?" or something along those lines.
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What you do is, get a bunch of al+feo2 (my friends and I used to refer to thermite as alfredo, get it? haw haw), set it off inside a building. Wait for the firefighters to unknowingly show up and try to put it out and WHAMO, wipe out half a city block and KILL A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE.
Not to mention the thermite reaction is one of the few that's hot enough to melt solid steel and leave it in a molten puddle in the basement for weeks afterwards...
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Well working at a machine shop, I have access to all of the aluminum powder my heart could desire. Or I can just look in my basement...
I think the magnesium strip burning should do it. I'm sure I can find some magnesium sitting around

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Thermite
It's TERMITE.....that's T-E-R-M-I-T-E. There is no "H". OK?
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Wow, I seriously think PCow is crazy. I bet his next question in Foo will be "Where can I find plans on the internet to build a nuclear warhead?" or something along those lines.
All he needs to do is get enough fissionable material together into a big clump. The hard part is getting it to critical mass without enough fissionable material. I suggest he stick to the type of critical mass with bicycles...
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