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Offline Skelleftea78

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Re: greek fire
« Reply #25 on: 22/09/2016 16:40:10 »

From Wikipedia

Others have posited a flammable liquid that floated on water, possibly a form of naphtha or another low-density liquid hydrocarbon, as petroleum was known to Eastern chemists long before its use became widespread in the 1800s.

Could it be some sort hydrocarbon? Burning oil, paraffine and stearine are liquid in an the burning state and have an huge explosive reaction if water is being added. As you can see in this youtube clip watch?v=Ln5egDJxJm0]

Offline William McC

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More than likely bees wax and pine resin. Some of our glues today for labeling once lit really cannot be put out. What makes the sight so horrific is that the amounts can be an almost invisible film, once heated they really do not wish to be put out. Even a thin film once lit, can emit balls of fire, with a rather unsettling crack. As if an electrochemical reaction is taking place.


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