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Do NOT DIY: Liquid nitrogen gun vs. flamethrower: Which will win?

Aug. 4, 2016

Which is stronger, fire or ice?

Which is stronger, fire or ice? This age-old question has plagued man throughout time. But one courageous DIYer has turned his backyard into a scientific lab as he builds and tests a liquid nitrogen gun before the eyes of his YouTube follower. His video culminates in a battle between the liquid-nitrogen-fueled freeze-ray and a homemade flamethrower. I cannot stress this enough. Do not try this at home.

According to Popular Mechanics: "The first step was to fill up a thermos with liquid nitrogen. The pressure from the liquid nitrogen turning a gas shoots it up out of the hole of the thermos, and a well-placed nozzle creates a chilling frost that could cool down even the hottest summer. Ice ultimately wins, but only by advancing on the flames, so you could call it a contested victory. You'll be hard-pressed to find someone who'd stand there while the flamethrower gets a similar attempt, though."

About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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