Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Flame Thrower Powered By... Cornstarch???!!!

Today's post doesn't have anything to do with dentistry or healthcare, but as a diehard geek, I think sometimes I just have to let my readers know what really gets my inner-geek revved up!

One of the things that got me involved with technology in the first place is the joy of DIY (Do It Yourself) projects.  I started out my technology journey by taking computers apart after hours.  I was a young dentist and had lots of time on my hands after hours.  I began taking computers apart to perform upgrades and found that I had a knack for that sort of thing.

As time went on, I began to connect all kinds of things to computers (I was told they wouldn't work, but I somehow got them to work...)

So, as I've gotten further and further into tech, I have developed a great respect for other DIY people and their labors of love.  Things like the device above.

Needless to say, but I will say it anyway... Do Not Try This At Home!!!  I have not and will not attempt this build and you should not either.  This is placed here because it is a great example of what can be done with engineering and ingenuity and it is a cool academic exercise.

The gentleman here is Ivan Owen.  He has a cool job making prosthetics for children.  This, however, is a project that is a lot more dangerous.

It turns out that cornstarch is pretty flammable... as you can see by the video above.  What Ivan has here is a battery operated leaf blower, a sifter (like you can find in a bakery), and a small propane blow torch.

I'm not going into great detail here on purpose.  As I said before here... Do Not Try This At Home!!!

To me it looks like the sifter is used to drop a uniform and consistently fine increment of powder into the stream of the leaf blower where it is then blown over the flame of the propane torch and ignited.  The flame is used to repel the zombies on the sticks.

Please... Do Not Try This At Home!!!  However, it  *is* pretty cool to watch.  Ivan Owen has his own YouTube  channel as well that has other pretty cool projects he's working on.

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