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Fire Science Project Videos

Fire Project Video Tutorials


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

1. Green Fire Video

Dr. Helmenstine demonstrates how easy it is to make green fire using boric acid.
Anne Helmenstine
If you've been wanting to make colored fire, but weren't sure quite what to do or what to expect, then watch my new green fire video tutorial. You can make the fire in pretty much any color you like simply by substituting one of the other colored fire chemicals for the boric acid used to make green fire.

2. Burning Money Video

This $20 is on fire, but it is not being consumed by the flames. Do you know how the trick is done?
Anne Helmenstine
Here's a chemistry trick where you set your money on fire, yet you don't actually burn it. Are you wondering how it's done? See what to do!

3. Fire Breathing Video Tutorial

Eric is breathing fire by blowing corn starch over an open flame.
Anne Helmenstine
You don't have to join the circus to learn how to breathe fire. See how using a simple kitchen ingredient allows you to safely breathe fire.

4. Easy Hand Sanitizer Fire Video

Flame temperature and color depends on the fuel that is being burned.
Anne Helmenstine
This science video demonstrates an easy way to make a cool blue flame using the alcohol in hand sanitizer. The flame can be handled briefly or made to follow a shape or pattern.

5. Colored Flames Rainbow

The rainbow of colored fire was made using common household chemicals to color the flames.
Anne Helmenstine
Make a rainbow of colored flames using inexpensive household chemicals. This video explains how to make the different colors of fire and how to set up the flames to create a rainbow effect.

6. Violet Fire Video

It's easy to make violet fire. Just ignite a mixture of salt substitute and methanol.
Anne Helmenstine
This video shows you how to make violet or purple fire using common household ingredients.

7. Handheld Fireballs Video

You can produce a flame cool enough to hold in your hand.
Anne Helmenstine
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.

8. Smoke Bomb Video

This homemade smoke bomb is easy to make and only requires two ingredients.
Anne Helmenstine
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.

9. Colored Fire Pinecones Video

It's easy to make colored fire pinecones.
Anne Helmenstine
All it takes is one common chemical to make pinecones burn with a multi-colored flame. The colored fire pinecones can be added to a campfire or a wood-burning fireplace to add interest to your flames.

10. Flame Test Video

How to Do a Flame Test
A flame test uses the color of a flame to help identify a chemical sample. This video describes what a flame test is and then gives step by step instructions for performing a flame test.

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