On Apr 7, 2011, at 9:40 AM, groomporter wrote:
> When mixed with pure glycerol or other simple alcohols it will
> result in a violent combustion reaction.
Very neat tip. Thanks! And I can personally attest to the above
warning about potassium permanganate. It's a really cool way to start
a fire without anyone near it. Old boy-scout trick, in fact. When
laying the fire, you put a small can (tuna/cat food, whatever) with
some house-hold glycerin in it in the base of the fire and make sure
the fire is well coated with lighter fluid. When ready, you solemnly
march to the fire, pray some gibberish over it while waving your hands
around and surreptitiously pour the potassium permanganate crystals
you had up your sleeve into the fire and walk away. After a little
while (oxygen is also needed in the reaction, so the depth of the can,
amount of stuff around the opening and amount of wind will affect
this), the fire will burst into flame seemingly entirely on it's own!
It definitely takes a bit of practice to do safely, but works a treat
when done properly. Scares the crap out of the little kids, too! :D
"..Um..Something strange happened to me this morning."
"Was it a dream where you see yourself standing in sort
of Sun God robes on a pyramid with a thousand naked
women screaming and throwing little pickles at you?"
"Why am I the only person that has that dream?"