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Bacon Lance Turns Bacon and Compressed Air into Flame Lance

When it comes to last minute made scientist holiday experiments, we’re hard pressed to think of one more novel than turning an air hose and bacon into a high-intensity flame lance.

The experiment comes to us courtesy of Theodore Gray, author of Mad Science: Experiments You Can do At Home – But Probably Shouldn’t . He writes:

Bacon is fattening because it contains a lot of chemical energy tied up in its proteins, and especially in its fat. You can release that energy either by digesting it or by burning it with a healthy supply of oxygen. The challenge isn’t creating the heat; it’s engineering a bacon structure strong enough to withstand the stress of a 5,000°F bacon plasma flame.

Hit up the link below to read more about the experiment.

Bacon: The Other White Heat [via It's OK To Be Smart]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/31/12

Comments (5)

  1. Grant

    What a waste of bacon!

  2. Phil

    It’s not Bacon + air – it’s Bacon + Oxygen. Major difference.

    Oxygen has about 5x as much Oxygen as air does. The difference between barely smouldering to white hot flame for many substances, not just bacon.

  3. Ushindi

    I couldn’t ever make a bacon (prosciutto) thermic lance – I would have to eat the bacon, NOT burn it up.
    Maybe that’s why I’m not a scientist…:-)

  4. John

    I guess Kim K. is literally sitting on two thermonuclear bombs…

  5. bedlamb

    I guess she’s getting up there in years, and putting on a little bacon, but Kim Komando is still hot.

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