[rescue] Re: Thermite Was: J. Boyd's sister's attitude problem.
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Fri Jul 13 15:12:54 CDT 2001
On July 13, Michael Hansen wrote:
> > And yes, thermite *is* as easy as mixing iron oxide with aluminum
> >powder. It's just a pain to ignite.
> How well does the magnesium ribbon method work? A friend if mine
> swiped all the rolls of it he could back in high school chem lab.
> I guess you can ignite the magnesium with a blow torch, and the
> magnesium will burn hot enough to touch off the thermite. I've
> never seen it done, however.
Magnesium ribbon definitely burns hot enough to ignite thermite. You
can ignite magnesium ribbon with a lighter if it's thin enough. The
problem is getting your hands on magnesium ribbon!
> >I've made it several times.
> Somehow, that doesn't surprise me;^>
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