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Fun with Thermite [Videos]

If you didn’t get your fill of geeky and dangerous fun in our Monday roundup, you can always mix up a batch of homemade Thermite.

Thermite is simply a mix of a metal powder and a metal oxide that, when the metals and mixture composition is right, can be catalyzed from a pile of powder into an impressive high temperature pyrotechnic display. How impressive?

At the science blog Amazing Rust they’ve gathered up dozens of videos of various Thermite reactions and the accompanying formulas they used to achieve them. Hit up the link below to check them out and begin formulating your ultimate hard drive disposal plan (no, seriously, they did just that in this experiment).

Thermite Pictures and Video [Amazing Rust via Make]

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 06/1/11

Comments (1)

  1. Yellowbeard

    I once (OK, three times) set the ceiling of my High School chemistry lab on fire with Thermite. More fun than a bag of hammers. The teachers back then were cool so I didn’t wind up on a terrorist watch list as a result.

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