Fun with Thermite [Videos]

By Jason Fitzpatrick on June 1st, 2011

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 a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/1/11
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