Apr 16 2009Bacon Torch Burns Hot, Hot Water Burn Baby

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Some guy went and built a thermal lance (cutting torch) that runs on pure oxygen and the fat from bacon (well, prosciutto). As you can see from the picture, the 5,000°F grease-flame is hot enough to burn through a pan, and straight to our hearts. *swoon*

A thermal lance, typically made of iron instead of bacon, is used to cut up scrap metal and rescue people from collapsed buildings. It works by blowing pure oxygen gas through a pipe packed with iron and magnesium rods. These metals are surprisingly flammable in pure oxygen, releasing a huge amount of heat as they are consumed. The result is a jet of superheated iron plasma coming out of the end of the pipe. For sheer destructive force, few tools match a thermal lance. But iron isn't the only thing that's flammable in a stream of pure oxygen.

There's a video after the jump that explains how he made it, but I'm not into following directions so I just glue-sticked a bunch of bacon to grandma's oxygen mask. Here goes nothin'! *FWOOOSH!* Uh-oh, looks like I'm gonna need another grandma. Quick -- to the old folks home before my parents get back!

Hit the jump for an instructional video.

Bacon: the Other White Heat [popsci]

Thanks to Tom G., bob, Anexio, meeotch, bigwoodenhead and towhee, who urge you to remember: only YOU can prevent bacon fires.

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wow, more and more Bacon
also, first

Smells like a turd covered in burnt hair.

@2 - I know you do but what does the Bacon Rod?

@3 I know you are, but what am I? ∞∞∞∞∞∞

ah burn!!!!!

Thanks for reminding me of the good ol Jr. High days!!

pew pew pew

shouldnt this guy be like jailed for wasting perfectly good meat?

Finally. A video I can watch at work.

That is a Hot Meat Stick

Go clean yourself up. There's a beach towel in my bathroom.


FAIL!! This post fails on so many levels. Who the hell cares!?

This is just like that time when somebody ordered a bacon cheeseburger at the drive thru and got to the window to pay and found out they only got a cheeseburger. The workers needed to get bacon cooked in less than 4 seconds or the beeper would start going off, meaning the customer had been waiting for their food for way too freakin' long.

Wilbur once had created a massive hedron collider that ended up getting damaged so he came to America to follow his dream of serving grilled ground beef to random people 6 hours a day. He told his manager he knew how to make a bacon torch that could cook the bacon for the customer in about 3 seconds. Wilbur got a raise and the customers got their bacon faster than ever.

Whatever video format this is...KEEP USING IT!

Videos at work!! Screw "The Man"!!!

bacon technology has really come a long way

I saw this in the newest issue of Popular Science

I know girls that would totally impale their woman region with that hot cucumber and well Homer Simpon would be Flap Flap Flap all over that Bacon Torch MMmmmm Bacony.

Why is bacon being used for arts and crafts? I don't get it.


This is a complete photoshop job. You can tell its a fake because the shadow's are all wrong.

This is exactly like that scene in the movie Never Back Down where max was travelling with a nun and got shot. He cut out the bullet, and had the nun cauterize the wound with gunpowder.

This is a Lightsaber in a very primitive stadium folks.It needs to get developed more.

This is serious calories burning shit!



Is that title a reference to classic Adam Sandler? Nice!


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