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Chemical Fire

Make Chemical Fire Without Matches or a Lighter


Fire results from a chemical reaction.

Fire results from a chemical reaction. Several chemical reactions result in combustion, without requiring additional help from a match to get them going.

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

Chemical Fire #1

  • potassium permanganate
  • glycerin
  • water

Add a few drops of glycerin to a few crystals of potassium permanganate. Accelerate the reaction by adding a couple of drops of water.

Chemical Fire #2

  • acetone
  • sulfuric acid
  • potassium permanganate

Soak a tissue with acetone to make it more flammable. Draw sulfuric acid into a glass pipette. Dip the pipette into potassium permanganate so that the tip of the pipette is coated with a few crystals. Dispense the sulfuric acid onto the tissue. The potassium permangante and sulfuric acid mix to produce manganese heptoxide and fire.

Chemical Fire #3

  • sodium chlorate
  • sugar
  • sulfuric acid

Mix a small amount of sodium chlorate and sugar. Initiate the reaction by adding a few drops of sulfuric acid.

Chemical Fire #4

  • ammonium nitrate powder
  • finely ground zinc powder
  • hydrochloric acid

Mix together a small amount of ammonium nitrate and zinc powder. Initiate the reaction by adding a few drops of hydrochloric acid.

Chemical Fire Safety

If you are performing a demonstration of chemical fire using any of these reactions, use very small amounts of the chemicals listed for each project. Wear proper safety gear and work on a fire-safe surface.

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