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Dewey Cox
07-10-2018, 07:44 PM
I was browsing the accessories section and saw the magnesium ribbon.
What's the main use for that? Fire starter? Fuse? Signaling?
I'm only familiar with it from high school chemistry class when the teacher lit a couple inches of it and it burned bright like a welding arc.

blacksmithden
07-10-2018, 08:53 PM
It's great for starting fires when things are a little wet. You can also light thermite with it.

FALover
07-10-2018, 08:56 PM
It's great for starting fires when things are a little wet. You can also light thermite with it.

Care to share your thermite recipe? :)

ESnel
07-10-2018, 09:47 PM
Care to share your thermite recipe? :)


Basic recipe-

To make thermite you'll need powdered iron oxide, aluminum powder, and a thin strip of magnesium. Mix the aluminum and iron oxide powder together in a 27:80 ratio by weight, and pour the mixture into a cast iron container. Insert your magnesium strip, and then light it.

By varying the ratio and adding other materials you can adjust it. Google is your friend

blacksmithden
07-10-2018, 11:46 PM
Basic recipe-

To make thermite you'll need powdered iron oxide, aluminum powder, and a thin strip of magnesium. Mix the aluminum and iron oxide powder together in a 27:80 ratio by weight, and pour the mixture into a cast iron container. Insert your magnesium strip, and then light it.

By varying the ratio and adding other materials you can adjust it. Google is your friend

Yep...and you can buy the aluminum and iron powder on Ebay. 1000 mesh works well if I recall correctly. 2000 would be even easier to get going. Mix in a little amonium perchlorate and milled sugar for extra fun. ;)

Greglc
07-11-2018, 07:25 AM
Don't know if they still are, but husqvarna chain saw cases used to be made of magnesium, hell of a fire when you get one of those going with a torch. Freind with the torch also had a 5 gallon bucket of aluminum, 10 lbs of mercury, etc, he had all the fun stuff.

DanN
07-11-2018, 07:41 AM
Magnesium Ribbon was also used the in giant searchlights during the war(s). I saw one running for a grand opening when I was little. Impressive.

Grimlock
07-11-2018, 08:10 AM
Yep...and you can buy the aluminum and iron powder on Ebay. 1000 mesh works well if I recall correctly. 2000 would be even easier to get going. Mix in a little amonium perchlorate and milled sugar for extra fun. ;)

I know you already have someone watching you as a full-time job, but doesn't ordering powdered aluminum attract a lot of attention? Or is that only in the States.

blacksmithden
07-11-2018, 08:38 AM
I know you already have someone watching you as a full-time job, but doesn't ordering powdered aluminum attract a lot of attention? Or is that only in the States.

There are a bunch of other uses as well. I bought some a few years back when I was experimenting with metal plating. I was attempting to use it as a carrier in a solution. Unfortunately it didnt work very well. Played around doing some other experiments as well. I wound up giving most of my stuff away due to lack of space. If you order a 1 lb bag, nobody is going to get concerned. If you try ordering a truck load, youre likely to get a visit from the black helicopters. Lol.

tundrasupply
07-11-2018, 04:12 PM
It is also fun to just toss small bits into a camp fire at night, just make sure to warn everyone as it gets really bright.

Dewey Cox
07-11-2018, 04:26 PM
It is also fun to just toss small bits into a camp fire at night, just make sure to warn everyone as it gets really bright.

That reminds me, I need to pack some magnesium anode rods for camping this weekend.

FALover
07-11-2018, 04:35 PM
Don't know if they still are, but husqvarna chain saw cases used to be made of magnesium, hell of a fire when you get one of those going with a torch. Freind with the torch also had a 5 gallon bucket of aluminum, 10 lbs of mercury, etc, he had all the fun stuff.

My neighbour used to fix/collect old Lawn Boy lawnmowers. His shed caught on fire one day and the magnesium decks pilled up in the back burned whiter than white. Local volunteer fire department had no idea what was burning. Hit it with water, talk about shock and awe!

ESnel
07-11-2018, 05:11 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhY0xzKcPoE

Magnesium common uses in cars

https://www.totalmateria.com/images/Articles/ktn/Fig246_1.jpg

Kenwp
07-12-2018, 08:40 PM
I want a magnesium cane.

Dewey Cox
07-12-2018, 10:06 PM
I want a magnesium cane.

Buy an anode rod for a tall hot water tank.