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Perform the Thermite Reaction
Thermite reaction between aluminum and ferric oxide.

Thermite reaction between aluminum and ferric oxide.

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The thermite reaction has a high ignition temperature, so it takes some serious heat to initiate the reaction. You can light the mixture with a propane torch, though it's dangerous because that places you and a source of fuel very close to the reaction. You can use a magnesium strip as a fuse or you can light the mixture with a sparkler (my preferred method). If you are using very finely powdered iron(III) oxide and aluminum you can light the mixture with a lighter or book of matches, but use tongs to avoid getting a flash burn.

After the reaction has concluded, you can use tongs to pick up the molten metal. Do not pour water on the reaction or place the metal into water.

The exact chemical reaction involved in the thermite reaction depends on the metals that you used, but you're essentially oxidizing or burning metal...

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