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Fire

Alona Fire Starter Kit

Alona Fire Starter Kit
$16  Buy Comment

Give yourself a fighting chance of starting a fire when you’re out camping. This 4-piece kit packs an all-weather magnesium bar and friction tool for getting a clean spark, then gives it some extra oxygen with a collapsible bellows tube. You’ll also get an aluminum alloy whistle that can produce 120db, and a zippered carrying case.

Matchstick Volcano

Matchstick Volcano

The S created his version of the old grade school volcano science experiment, but replaced the baking soda and vinegar with matchsticks and fire, resulting in a dangerous and spectacular fireball. It goes without saying, but don’t try this at home.

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Fire Dominoes

Fire Dominoes

For his latest video, The Q played with fire. He took the chemicals used to make matchstick heads and reconstituted them to make oversized versions. Then he erected gradually larger and larger sizes to set off a visually-impressive chain reaction. Things heat up around the 3:27 mark.

The Beauty of Flames

The Beauty of Flames

The image of fire that most of us have is the tip of a candle or a fireplace flickering, buy there are many other types of flame. Enjoy some variety in this clip from Yan Liang’s Envisioning Chemistry and Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s awesomely named Combustion Lab.

90,000 Match Chain Reaction

90,000 Match Chain Reaction

Offering up 18 times the blaze of this fiery experiment, the guys from Awesome Universe filled a tray with 90,000 individual matches, then set the whole mess on fire. They could have at least roasted some marshmallows over it before it burned out.

Lighting a Match Cannon

Lighting a Match Cannon

“Caution! Do not try it in the house.” The warning message from YouTuber The S is quite the understatement, as he shows us just what happens when you build a cannon entirely out of matches, fill its chamber with thousands of match heads, then light its fuse.

Fire Vortex Bubble

Fire Vortex Bubble

Bubble-blowing expert Dustin Skye shows off a really slick trick, in which he blows a soap bubble, fills it with butane, uses his breath to start a vortex, then lights it on fire, producing a tiny fire tornado. More here.

Steel Wool + Liquid Oxygen

Steel Wool + Liquid Oxygen

Steel wool is really useful for scrubbing and cleaning. But it’s also incredibly flammable. The guys from The King of Random decided to play with fire, and see how it might react if a lit piece of the shredded metal was dropped into a cup of styrofoam filled with liquid oxygen. Original video here.

Extreme Woodburning

Extreme Woodburning

From the “don’t try this at home” file, Brad Russell shows off what happens when a 2000-volt transformer from a microwave oven is applied to wood painted with sodium bicarbonate. The result is beautiful, tree-like patterns known as Lichtenberg figures.

A Backdraft in Slow Motion

A Backdraft in Slow Motion

One of the worst things that a firefighter can encounter is a backdraft – which happens when a fire has almost exhausted all oxygen, and then a door or window is opened, causing a violent explosion. The Slow Mo Guys captured 4K footage of this terrifying phenomenon.

Viking Ship Fire Pit

Viking Ship Fire Pit
~$505  Buy Comment

While fiery Norse ships are normally reserved for viking funerals, we’ll make an exception for this truly awesome handmade fire pit from sculptor Trevor McIntire of ImagineMetalArt. It’s made from 18 ga. sheet steel and measures about 39″ long x 16″ wide.

Pull Start Fire Firestarter

Pull Start Fire Firestarter
$18/3 pcs.  Buy Link Comment

Pull Start Fire is designed to be stupidly easy to use. All you have to do is pile wood around it and pull its string. It works even in 200+ mph winds, light rain, and with wet wood. It burns for over 30 minutes, more than enough to get a fire going.

Spin Fire Tornado

Spin Fire Tornado
~$101+  Pledge Comment

You can easily make a fire tornado. But if you don’t want to take the risk, Höfats’ Spin seems to be a great alternative. It uses bioethanol fuel for a nearly smokeless and odorless spinning flame. The optional base and pole provide a variety of display options.

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Burning Ghost Rider Sculpture

Burning Ghost Rider Sculpture

Artist Steven Richter follows up on his epic Nazi facemelt sculpture with another iconic hothead. This time, he crafted a clay skull, wrapped it with a papier mache Nicolas Cage face, then burned it off to reveal the Ghost Rider beneath his skin.

Painting with Gunpowder

Painting with Gunpowder

Artist Danny Shervin precisely arranges granules of gunpowder on canvas or wood, then sets it on fire to create burnt-in pointillist art. You can buy originals and prints of his work on his website.

DIY Flamethrower Skateboard

DIY Flamethrower Skateboard

Instructables contributor Mikeasaurus shows off his ridiculously dangerous looking creation, a skateboard which leaves a fiery trail in its wake. It drips out a small amount of fuel triggered by a foot-controlled switch, and ignites it with an electric sparker. Full build log here.

Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire

In a video that is the very embodiment of “don’t try this at home,” guitarist Davidlap performs a brief solo while it looks like his hands are ablaze. He created special gloves to protect his hands from injury, and the fire was far enough from the guitar that it didn’t get damaged.

Foam Fire Suppression Test

Foam Fire Suppression Test

Just because you have a fancy fire suppression system in place doesn’t mean it will work when you need it. To ensure their system is fully functional, the Fort Indiantown Gap Army Reserve switched on the extinguisher system in their helicopter maintenance facility.

DIY Matchhead Rockets

DIY Matchhead Rockets

BrainfooTV shows us how to make nifty little rockets using ordinary household items like aluminum foil and strike-anywhere matches. They fire as far as 60 feet, and are surprisingly stable and accurate. The tailfins aren’t required, but they do make them look cooler.

Blazing Beats Fireplace

Blazing Beats Fireplace
$2290+  Buy Link Comment

Based on the same concept as the Pyro Board, The Blazing Beats is a two-axis version of a Rubens’ Tube, a device which emits variable heights of flame based on sound waves traveling through it. The result is a gas fireplace that dances to the beat of your music.

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Sword Campfire Roaster

Sword Campfire Roaster
$25  Buy Comment

Duel with your friends while you roast up some tasty treats with RoastyzToastyz whimsical stainless steel tools that look like swords. Each one includes a marshmallow tip, with hot dog and tart roasting tips sold separately. A lightsaber hilt is also available.

Pyro Fire Shooting Pen

Pyro Fire Shooting Pen
$80  Buy Link Comment

Ellusionist took the technology from its wrist-mounted flash gun and incorporated it into a marker pen. The Pyro Fire Shooter Pen looks like a Sharpie and actually writes, but press its covert button for 3 seconds, and it will ignite and shoot flash paper over 10 ft.

The Right Way to Kill Weeds

The Right Way to Kill Weeds

Getting rid of weeds is a pain. Pluck them, and they come back. Kill them with chemicals, and the ground is poisoned for other plants. These organic corn farmers demonstrate a much more reliable, chemical-free, and downright spectacular method to clear the ground – FIRE!

Flamethrower vs. Not a Flamethrower

Flamethrower vs. Not a Flamethrower

A lot of fuss has been made about the flamethrower that Elon Musk’s Boring Company recently sold. But there’s a big difference between that glorified blowtorch and a proper military-grade flamethrower, as DriveTanks.com demonstrates in this comparison video.

Fireproof Document Bag

Fireproof Document Bag
$50  Buy Comment

A smart, more portable alternative to weighty metal firesafes, FirePRUF’s briefcase-style bag is made of material that can withstand temperatures up to 1000ºF for up to 60 minutes, with a 1200ºF peak, protecting documents and small items from being destroyed by fire.

Learning to Make Fire

Learning to Make Fire

Primitive Technology lulled us into thinking that making fire from scratch is easy. But as Mike Boyd quickly learns, it can be a frustrating and nearly impossible task if you don’t do your research beforehand. But with the right wood – and 8 hours of practice! – it can be done.

World’s Largest BBQ Lighter

World’s Largest BBQ Lighter

Peter Sripol and his buddy Sam spent a couple of days building a huge barbecue lighter, complete with a red body and black switch. Inside is a weed torch modified to fit a butane bottle. Watch them set off their leftover Fourth of July fireworks with it.

Full-body Burn Record

Full-body Burn Record

32 stunt performers put on an incredible show of courage, as each of them donned a firesuit, slathered on fire gel, and were lit ablaze to set a new Guinness World Record for the most simultaneous full-body burns. Each person had to remain on fire for at least 30 seconds.

Robot Snake Firefighter

Robot Snake Firefighter

(Loud) Engineers from Japan’s Tohoku University and National Institute of Technology are developing a truly unusual firefighting device. The machine self-balances on its water stream and can snake its way into difficult to reach locations as it sprays water on flames.

Inkjet Printing Thermite

Inkjet Printing Thermite

Engineer Allison Murray from the Purdue University Mechanical Engineering department shows us how their team used a customized inkjet printer to lay down a thin sheet of thermite, resulting in designs which explode into shapes when ignited. Learn more here.

Skull Fireplace “Logs”

Skull Fireplace “Logs”
$50/ea.  Buy Comment

A gruesome replacement for the logs in your gas fireplace or fire pit. Each skull is made from heat-tolerant ceramic and lava, layered over a steel structure. They’re not cheap, but they are certainly awesome. Also available in white, or with hollow eyes, or a demon’s head,

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