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Wicked Lasers Flashtorch 250W

Wicked Lasers Flashtorch 250W

This insanely powerful 250-watt flashlight doesn’t just kick out 4100 lumens of white light, its halogen lamp, high-efficiency reflector, and heat-resistant lens concentrate heat through its front, so it can easily burn and melt items and even start a fire. The latest version runs on four 18650 lithium-ion batteries.

The World’s Hottest Candle

The World’s Hottest Candle

When is a candle not really a candle? When it’s a high-voltage plasma flame like the one shown here. The Action Lab shows how an ultra high-frequency solid state tesla coil can produce an intensely hot flame that can’t be blown out and that can even melt steel.

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Cigarette Lighter Slow-Motion

Cigarette Lighter Slow-Motion

Flicking a cigarette lighter takes a fraction of a second. But there’s actually quite a bit going on as the flint sparks up and ignites the butane fuel. This 7,600 fps slow-motion clip shows exactly what is happening as the flame emerges from the lighter. Here’s a similar clip at 20,000 fps.

GoFire Fire Starters

GoFire Fire Starters

Whether you’re camping, lighting your fireplace, or a backyard fire pit, GoFire fire starters give your fire a fighting chance. Each packet is filled with non-toxic paraffin wax and produces a long-lasting 8″ to 10″ flame to help get your fire going. They’re also waterproof and windproof.

Pyro Portable Fire Pit

Pyro Portable Fire Pit

This compact steel fire pit offers an unobstructed view of its flame from every side, making it a perfect centerpiece for outdoor gatherings. It has a removable fire screen and ash catcher and can be ordered with an optional grill top. It measures 18″ L x 14″ W x 9″ H and weighs 14.5 lb.

Making a Stove from Wheel Rims

Making a Stove from Wheel Rims

Wheel rims from a car seem like an odd material for building a wood-burning stove, but that’s exactly what André Göbel of Create Custom Designs did, a set of old steel rims to provide the structure for a cylindrical stove inspired by Bullerjan stoves, which use bent pipes to circulate cold air from the bottom and out of its top.

RONXS Plasma Arc Candle Lighter

RONXS Plasma Arc Candle Lighter

Tired of burning your fingers while lighting candles or starting fires? This plasma arc lighter has a flexible gooseneck that lights flames even inside of tall jars or under a pile of kindling. It also works in the wind, and its USB-rechargeable battery provides up to 500 sparks between charges.

Burch Barrel

Burch Barrel

Combining a fire pit and a barbecue grill, the Burch Barrel is the perfect upgrade for outdoor living. Its fire barrel can be smoke, flame, sear, and grill, and has adjustable vents, a lift system for easy access, and an adjustable fire pan for either wood or charcoal. Its adjustable tripod rig keeps the barrel level on uneven terrain.

Real Firefighter vs. Fake Firefighters

Real Firefighter vs. Fake Firefighters

TV shows and movies take lots of artistic license when it comes to real-world situations. Fire Department Chronicles doesn’t have good things to say about how firefighting is portrayed on screen, so he greenscreens himself into scenes to set the cast straight on all the things they’re doing wrong. More here and here.

Pyro Putty

Pyro Putty

Between the wind, cold, and damp conditions, getting outdoor fires started can be challenging. This moldable putty can be stuck to logs, torches, or tinder, and will burn for up to 15 minutes with just a quarter-sized dab, giving your fire a fighting chance. It comes in blends for various climates and applications.

Smokeless Bio-Ethanol Tabletop Fireplace

Add a cozy glow and warmth to any room with this steel and glass indoor fireplace. With a footprint of just 35.5″ x 18″, you can place it on a wood dining table or coffee table, and it burns clean bio-fuel, so no chimney is needed. Save 30% off the retail price in The Awesomer Shop.

Forging a Fire Basket

Forging a Fire Basket

A fire basket (aka “brazier”) is exactly what it sounds like – a metal basket that holds a bunch of flaming logs. Blacksmith Torbjörn Åhman walks us through the process of creating one of these, which involves cutting, stamping, bending, forging, and welding multiple matching pieces of metal. Also, hot riveting never gets old.

GrillGun Grill Torch

Take your grilling to a new level with this high-power propane torch. It cranks out up to 400,000+ BTU of heat, which can quickly start a charcoal grill, sear meat, or light a campfire in seconds. It’s also great for rapidly cleaning grime off of your grill. There’s also a shorter version for more precise culinary work, the SU-VGun.

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Boba Fett Fire Pit

Boba Fett Fire Pit

Thanks to The Mandalorian, Boba Fett is back in our lives once more. And thanks to Burned by Design, the badass bounty hunter can be a permanent fixture in your backyard. This handmade wood burning fire pit will help keep you as toasty as a Tatooine afternoon and is perfect for roasting marshmallows.

Dumpster Fire Yule Log

Dumpster Fire Yule Log

As 2020 draws to a close, let’s say good riddance to one of the worst years on record with a ceremonial holiday fire. But instead of lighting bonfires to guide Santa’s way, the folks at AM/FM hooked us up with a solid hour of stuff being burned in a dumpster, the honorary mascot of 2020.

Making a Spark Wheel

Making a Spark Wheel

Builder Laura Kampf designed and created this dangerous but awesome looking machine which generates a huge stream of sparks for creating epic long-exposure photos. When she got stumped about the ignition system, she turned to her pal Adam Savage to help come up with a creative solution.

Burning Matches Underwater

Burning Matches Underwater

The Q shows off a goopy compound they made from wood glue, nail varnish, and match sulfur that lets homemade matches burn even when fully submerged in water. This is definitely one you shouldn’t try at home, given the risks of both fire and the unknown consequences of breathing the vapors the chemicals produce.

The King of Wheelchairs

The King of Wheelchairs

Coolest Thing introduces us to self-proclaimed mad scientist Lance Greathouse. Among his many builds is a motorized wheelchair that packs a flamethrower on its front end. But he doesn’t just build silly stuff, Lance and the folks from the Wheelchair Labs helps refurbish wheelchairs for people in need.

Radiate Portable Campfire

Radiate Portable Campfire

Radiate is a campfire in a tin. It’s fuel source is recycled paper briquettes coated in recycled soy wax. It lights up easily and can be snuffed out just by placing the lid over it. You can even light it up again if it’s not all used up. Each tin lasts 3 to 5 hours.

Flaming Ghost Rider Helmet

Flaming Ghost Rider Helmet

You would think lighting anything around your on fire would be a bad idea, but that didn’t stop The Hacksmith from doing just that. In this insanely cool build, they created a version of Ghost Rider’s fiery helmet that burns propane fuel. As a bonus, they threw in a flaming chain.

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The Most Flammable Dust

The Most Flammable Dust

You wouldn’t think that something as innocuous as corn starch could cause a massive fireball, but you’d be wrong. The Beyond the Press channel conducted a series of experiments to show just how flammable various kinds of dust and powder can be when exposed to a flame. They didn’t try non-dairy creamer though.

Thermite Firefighting Robots

Thermite Firefighting Robots

Designed to combat blazes while keeping humans at a safe distance, Textron Systems and Howe & Howe’s remote-operated robots can blast 1,250-2,500 gallons of water per minute. The robots can climb stairs, shove and winch vehicles, and endure extreme heat. Would also be fun as a response to Elon Musk’s flamethrowers.

Ghost Rider on a Zamboni

Ghost Rider on a Zamboni

We always thought that Ghost Rider preferred motorcycles, but apparently, he also can operate a Zamboni. Watch in amazement as this driver calmly drives his ice smoothing machine across the ice and out of the rink after it somehow caught on fire at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex.

Indoor S’mores Kit

Indoor S’mores Kit

Combining a handmade wood board with a miniature concrete fire pit, Swoon Living’s tabletop setup lets you make delicious S’mores whenever you feel like it. The board has cutouts to hold skewers, marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers (not included). The fire burns isopropyl alcohol or high-proof vodka.

Blowing Underwater Fire Rings

Blowing Underwater Fire Rings

The Backyard Scientist has a penchant for dangerous, yet impressive experiments. In this clip, he takes to his swimming pool with a contraption that’s designed to blow perfect bubble rings, but instead of just filling them with oxygen, he introduces some propane, so when hit with an electric charge, they explode.

Zozobra: The Original Burning Man

Zozobra: The Original Burning Man

Since 1924, a blazing effigy culminates Zozobra, Santa Fe’s annual festival. The 50’ tall, villainous puppet is stuffed with 1,000s of “glooms” as kindling to burn away fears, failings, and flaws – from past-due bills to divorce papers. This year everyone will virtually torch glooms and watch the bonfire live 9.4.20, 8pm MDT on KOAT.

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