carbide availability

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Offline huwston

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« on: 12/01/2007 22:23:31 »
im looking for calcium carbide granules, i havent yet found any in the uk, does any body now where i might find this stuff
in uk?
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« Reply #1 on: 13/01/2007 11:33:02 »
They use it in caving lamps.
You add water to it and you get a reaction

CaC2 + 2H2O = H2C2 + CO2

the H2C2 is called acetylene, and burns with a very sooty flame that is nice and bright yellow for a lamp - or with pure oxygen a very hot one which you can use for cutting or welding steel.

 I would look into some of the shops at the bottom of this page
http://www.bpc-cave.org.uk/caving.htm


What do you want to use it for? Be very careful, as it is not nice stuff!

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« Reply #2 on: 13/01/2007 12:30:14 »
i was going to experiment with the acetylene.
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« Reply #3 on: 13/01/2007 21:51:53 »
i was going to experiment with the acetylene.
Now I understand why you want CuSO4.