Science Experiments That Involve Fire

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    Fire Tornado

    • The Fire Tornado experiment found on the "Steve Spangler Science" website mimics what fire can sometimes do in uncontrolled wildland fire situations. To start the experiment, get a lazy susan and wire screen. Roll the wire screen to make a cylinder the same circumference as the lazy susan. Soak small pieces of sponge in lighter fluid and place them in a tiny metal dish in the center of the lazy susan. Light the sponges and spin the lazy susan before extinguishing the fire after a short amount of time. Next, secure the wire screen to the lazy susan and light the sponges again. As you spin the lazy susan, the flame should reach higher like a tornado the faster the lazy susan spins.

    Fire, Water, Coolest Conductor of Heat

    • The Fire, Water, Coolest Conductor of Heat experiment on the "Steve Spangler Science" website will burn a balloon without popping it. Blow up a balloon and tie it off before lighting a candle in the center of a table. Slowly lower the balloon from about two feet above the candle until it pops. The flame won't touch the balloon. Next, fill an uninflated balloon with some water and then blow it up. Slowly lower the balloon to the flame and then lower it to where the flame is touching the balloon. Hold it there for a bit. After you remove the balloon from the heat, there will be soot on the bottom, but it won't have popped.

    Creating Flame Colors

    • You can create flames of a variety of colors combining fire and specific chemicals. Soak pine cones, wood chips or rolled-up newspapers in special chemical solutions. Then set them on fire. Mix about one pound of chemical and five gallons of water and use a plastic bucket. For blue you can use cupric chloride, for red you can use lithium chloride and for green try copper sulfate. Let the pine cones or wood chips soak for about 24 hours and then set them in a well-ventilated spot like a fireplace before setting them on fire.

    Homemade Fire Extinguisher

    • You can make your own fire extinguisher, which prevents a fire from getting the critical oxygen it needs. Fill a small dish with baking soda and then place a short candle and a longer candle upright in that baking soda, according to "Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab." Put the dish on the bottom of a large bowl and then light both the candles. Pour vinegar into the dish of baking soda but don't pour it on the candles. The combination of vinegar and baking soda will produce carbon dioxide, which will eventually quell the flames.

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