scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: lighting charcoal with LOX
Jim Jaeger (jjaeger@NETSET.COM
Wed Mar 01 2000 - 22:13:53 CST
Mark commented the other day about dumping liquid oxygen on a grill of
charcoal and then lighting it with a veeerrrry long match. He sited a
Dave Barry column from several years back. Well, Mark, you were close...
Actually, you put a smoldering bricket or cigarette in the pile, and
then dump on the LOX. For more info than anyone will ever need again
about lighting grills with LOX, check George Goble's home page at
George is an engineer at Purdue U. and has actually done this several
times. The equation: 60 lbs of charcoal, plus one cigarette, add 3
gallons equals 1 HUGE fireball, and about 20 lbs of charcoal left, ready
to grill on. Elapsed time: 3 seconds!
As a former Boilermaker, I can only add that long treks across campus to
the engineering mall, coupled with the lack of a night life in West
Lafayette, and the fumes from the Eli Lily plant down by the river can
do strange things to ones' mind....
Jim Jaeger <firstname.lastname@example.org> Dublin, Ohio, USA
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 200
District Commissioner, Buckeye District
Simon Kenton Council, BSA
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