Can you light many candles at once with nitrocellulose?

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Dana asked the Naked Scientists:
Are these candles a reality or just an idea, can you buy them? thanks,

Birthday Candle Lighting Problem Solved !

Once you start to get a bit older it can take so long to light all of the candles on your birthday cake that the first-lit candles have almost burned down by the time you light the last ones. But that could all change thanks to American Christian Myerchin who has come up with a simultaneous birthday candle lighting device ! Pads containing nitrocellulose and magnesium wire, and linked up by a nitrocellulose fuse, are pressed over the wicks of each of the birthday candles. All you have to do it to light one-end of the nitrocellulose fuse which burns very quickly, lights all of the pads which in turn light the candles at the same time !

What do you think?
« Last Edit: 04/04/2011 17:30:03 by _system »


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Re: Can you light many candles at once with nitrocellulose?
« Reply #1 on: 01/04/2012 00:57:31 »
I doubt nitrocellulose will ignite magnesium wire.