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Fun Fire Projects

Try some science projects that involve fire, smoke, or combustion.
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Favorite Fire Projects
This is a collection of my favorite fire projects. These fire projects are my favorites because they are quick, easy, or produce spectacular or unusual flames.

Fire Science Project Videos
See how to perform safe and easy fire chemistry projects yourself by watching these step-by-step fire project videos.

Colored Fire Rainbow
These are instructions for making colored fire in all the colors of the rainbow.

Fireworks Projects
Have you ever wanted to make your own fireworks? These are instructions for fireworks projects so you can make your own homemade fireworks.

Smoke Bomb Instructions
You can easily make a smoke bomb using inexpensive materials to produce safe smoke.

Smoke Bomb Video Tutorial
Smoke bombs are the easiest and safest do-it-yourself firework project. You only need two inexpensive, non-toxic ingredients and it only takes minutes to make. Watch and learn how you can cook up a smoke bomb at home.

Fire Magic Tricks
Do you like to play with fire? If you do, then try some fire magic tricks. This is a collection science magic tricks that involve flames or fire.

How To Color Fire
Have you ever wanted to color fire? Here are simple, nontechnical instructions for making your own colored flames. Add extra interest to your fireplace or campfire!

Firebreathing
Firebreathing involves breathing a fine mist of fuel over an open flame to form a fireball. It's the most stunning fire trick and potentially the most risky since most firebreathing involves using a flammable, toxic fuel. Here are instructions for a safer form of firebreathing, using a non-flammable, non-toxic fuel that you have in your kitchen.

Fire in a Bottle - Barking Dog Chemistry Demonstration Alternative
This fire bottle is a quick and easy alternative to the Barking Dog chemistry demonstration. The bottle displays a bright light, plus it emits a woof or bark.

Fire Writing
Write a message using a special invisible ink. Reveal the message in fire with this fire writing chemistry project.

Green Fire Instructions
It's easy to make brilliant green fire. This cool chemistry project only takes two household chemicals.

Barking Dog Reaction
The Barking Dog chemistry demonstration is based on an exothermic reaction between nitrous or nitric oxide and carbon disulfide. Ignition of the mixture results in a bright blue chemiluminescent flash accompanied by a characteristic barking sound.

Blue Fire Instructions
It's very easy to make blue fire. Here are a few of the ways you can make blue fire yourself.

Burning Bubbles Project
Bubbles are fun no matter what, but bubbles you can burn just has that added extra appeal. Here's an easy science project you can do that proves propellants in common products are flammable and allows you to burn some bubbles.

Candle Science Magic Trick
You know you can put out a candle flame by pouring water on it. In this science magic trick, the candle will go out when you pour 'air' onto it.

Burning Money Chemistry Demonstration
Set money on fire and watch it burn out without damaging the bill. This is a nice magic trick, based on everyday chemistry.

Chemical Fire
Learn four ways to make fire using chemical reactions. No matches or lighter are needed to start the fire.

Citrus Flames Project
Are you looking for a way to play with your food and play with fire at the same time? This project is the perfect solution, plus it's very, very easy!

Classic Chemical Volcano
Here are the instructions for making the classic chemical volcano. This demonstration uses ammonium dichromate to produce 'Vesuvius fire', with glowing sparks and a cone of deep green ash.

Colored Fire Pinecones
How can you make your fire more festive? Toss on a few colored fire pinecones! Colored fire pinecones are extremely easy to make. All you need is one common household chemical.

Colored Fire Spray Bottles
You can spritz a flame with chemicals to change the color of the fire. Colored fire spray bottles are easy to prepare and use common chemicals.

Colored Smoke Recipes
Colored smoke is easy to make and requires few ingredients. Here's a list of some colored smoke formulations to try.

Dancing Gummi Bear Demonstration
Place a Gummi Bear candy into a test tube containing molten potassium chlorate and watch it dance amidst purple flames. This stunning demonstration is an example of a strongly product-favored reaction, plus it's a lot of fun.

Fire Breathing Video Tutorial
Learn how to breathe fire safely using a non-toxic kitchen ingredient.

Fireball Instructions
If you can find a tee shirt and some lighter fluid, you can make small fireballs. These fireballs are re-useable. Theoretically, you can hold them in your hand.

Firecracker How To
Firecrackers are extremely easy and inexpensive to make yourself. Learn how to make homemade firecrackers and how to light them safely.

Flaming Gel Recipe
Use three common household ingredients to prepare a gel or jelly that you can set on fire. This is an easy fire chemistry project that you can do at home.

Flame Tests
A flame test is an easy experimental technique used to help identify a metal or ionic salt based on its emission spectrum when it is heated in a gas flame. Here's how to perfom a flame test and interpret the results of the test.

Fountain Firework
Kick the traditional smoke bomb recipe up a notch to make a firework fountain that shoots purple flames with lots of smoke. This is a fun and easy homemade firework project.

Glow in the Dark Ink
These are instructions for making glow in the dark ink. However, the instructions are presented as a curiosity or for information only, NOT for use.

Green Fire Halloween Jack-o-Lantern
A Halloween jack-o-lantern filled with green fire is much more impressive than one lit with the usual candle. Here's how to produce this easy effect yourself.

Green Fire Video
See how to make green fire using common chemicals. You can apply the same method to produce fire in other colors using different metal salts.

Handheld Fireball Video
All fire is not created equal! If you apply a little chemistry know-how, you can make a fireball cool enough to hold in your hand. See how it's done, then try this simple fire project yourself.

Ice on Fire
Have you ever wondered whether you could set ice on fire? These are instructions for how to make ice appear to burn and also instructions so that you can actually set it on fire.

Instant Fire Chemistry Demonstration
Learn how to perform the instant fire chemistry demonstration in which potassium chlorate and sugar are reacted to produce an incredible purple flame and a lot of smoke.

Match Rockets
A match rocket is an extremely simple rocket to construct and launch. The match rocket illustrates many rocketry principles, including basic jet propulsion and Newton's laws of motion. Match rockets fly several meters, in a burst of heat and flame.

Orange Fire
If ordinary fire just doesn't do it for you, why not kick it up a notch by making it into orange fire? It's easy to make orange flames. Here's what you do.

Qualitative Analysis - Bead Tests
The borax, microcosmic salt, or sodium carbonate bead test may be used to help identify unknown metals. Learn how to perform and interpret the results of this handy analytical test.

Qualitative Analysis - Flame Tests
The flame test is a quick low-tech method of identifying an element by the color of light it yields in a flame. Learn how to perform this test and to interpret the results.

Red Fire Instructions
Red fire is easy to produce. This is a classic color for sparklers and fireworks as well as holiday parties. It would also be a cheery coloration for a campfire or fireplace.

Safe Smoke Bomb Instructions
A classic smoke bomb is easy to make and safe to use, but you can make the project even safer if you don't heat the ingredients. Here's what you do.

Set Fire to the Rain
You can set fire to the rain! This special effect creates a spectacular result.

Smoking Fingers Trick
Make your fingers smoke when you rub them together and glow in the dark. All you need is a matchbox and a way to burn the striker portion.

Sodium in Water Chemistry Demonstration
The sodium in water chemistry demonstration is a spectacular demo that illustrates the reactivity of an alkali metal with water and may be used as an example of an exothermic reaction. This is an interesting and memorable demonstration, which can be performed safely.

Sparkler Instructions
Learn how to make your own sparklers, for Independence Day or New Years Day fun. Use your understanding of chemistry to color the sparks.

Thermite Reaction
The thermite reaction is a highly exothermic reaction in which metal essentially burns. The thermite reaction has practical applications, such as for welding, plus it makes for a memorable chemistry demonstration. Here's how you can perform the thermite reaction, safely.

Traveling Flame Science Trick
You know you can light a candle with another candle, but if you blow one of them out, did you know you can relight it from a distance? In this trick, you'll blow out a candle and relight it by causing flame to travel along a path of smoke.

Ultimate Colored Smoke Bomb
Make a smoke bomb that billows clouds of brightly colored smoke. This project is easy and safe enough to at home. Adult supervision is required.

Violet Fire
It's very simple to make violet or purple fire. All you need are two easy-to-find ingredients.

Yellow Fire
Most flames from candles or wood burning fire are yellow, but you can color a blue flame so that it will become yellow. Here's what you do.

You Might Be a Pyro If...
Pyromaniacs or pyros are people who have a fascination with fire, which usually involves playing with fire or setting fires. Are you a pyro? How would you know? Well, here are some ways you might be able to tell. You might be a pyro if...

Exploding Balloons Science Project
You can place a nonflammable powder inside a balloon that will burst into flame when you pop the balloon with a candle or lighter. Read how to perform the exploding balloons project.

Fire Tornado Project
A fire tornado forms when fire is caught up in a vortex. Fire tornadoes or fire devils occur naturally in some wildfires, but you can make a small scale fire tornado yourself. Here's how!

Rainbow Fire
It's easy to turn an ordinary flame into a rainbow-colored flame.

Hand Sanitizer Fire Project
Here is an easy fire project using hand sanitizer that produces flames cool enough for you to hold.

Clementine Candle
You don't need a wick and wax to make a candle. All you need is a clementine and some olive oil. The clementine acts as a natural wick for the oil. Here's what you do.

Edible Candle Trick
For this science magic trick, you light a candle, blow out the flame and then eat the candle. It's safe, fun and even nutritious!

Seesaw Candle Fire Magic Trick
The seesaw candle magic trick is a fire science trick that teaches how combustion and Newton's Third Law of Motion work.

Best Jack o Lantern Idea
This is how to make the best Halloween jack o lantern. This jack o lantern features a long lasting tower of flame, plus you can customize the color of the fire.

Hydrogen Balloon Explosion
One of the most impressive chemistry fire demonstrations it the hydrogen balloon explosion. Here are instructions on how to set up the experiment and perform it safely.

Why Do Ping Pong Balls Burn?
If you take a lighter to a ping pong ball, it will burst into flame, burning like a tiny flamethrower. Do you know why ping pong balls burn? Here's the answer and how to safely ignite a ping pong ball.

How To Use a Crayon as a Candle
If you don't have a candle, but need some light, make a candle from a crayon! It's easy to do, plus each crayon burns about half an hour.

How To Start Green Fire with a Drop of Water
Start a fire with a drop of water. The best part? It's a green fire!

How To Start Green Fire with a Drop of Water
Start a fire with a drop of water. The best part? It's a green fire!

Fire Breathing Dragon Halloween Pumpkin
Make a Halloween jack o' lantern breathe smoke and fire. This dragon or demon is perfect for a fire-filled holiday!

How To Make a Red and Blue Fire Tornado
It's easy to make this red and blue fire tornado. This is a stunning fire project, perfect for when you are waiting for it to get dark to light fireworks!

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