A Flame That Won’t Burn?

Cool Flames on the International Space Station – An Anatomy of Discovery –  A Lab Aloft (International Space Station Research)

Flames respond to gravity? Another thing I ought to look into…

I woke up today wondering what was the lowest temperature at which a flame could exist. Don’t ask; I don’t know why I wanted to know this.

It turns out that the lowest temperature for “a cool flame” ranges from 200 to 300 degrees Celsius (https://chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/16664/what-is-the-lower-bound-to-the-temperature-at-which-a-fire-can-burn#:~:text=The%20lowest%20recorded%20cool%20flame,acetate%20as%20225%C2%B0C.). That “200” translates to 392 degrees Fahrenheit, which seems plenty hot to me. Water boils at 212 F, 100 C. So this “cool flame” is twice as hot as boiling water.

It’s only cool compared to many other flames.

We are also told that white phosphorus–repeat, white phosphorus only–flames at a low enough temperature that you can handle it with your bare hands, briefly, without getting burned. Any volunteers to demonstrate? It’d be a great gimmick for a magic act.

The thing is, God’s creation is orderly. We can study it and understand it. We don’t believe the universe could exist without this order: it could not have come into being by chance.

9 comments on “A Flame That Won’t Burn?

  1. Interesting. Science was always my LEAST favorite subject in school, so I missed out on a lot of stuff. The way science is being touted these days still leaves me cold, but there are
    fascinating things to learn if truth is number one.

  2. Just as well if the “scientists” are like Fauci and the evolutionists. What a waste of time.

  3. Lee, Lee, Lee … what am I to do with you? 🙂 200 degrees C is 1.26798874447 times hotter than 100 degrees C. Heat is calculated from absolute zero, which is -273.15 C. Actually, it’s a lot easier to use Kelvin, where the degrees are the same, but are counted from absolute zero, instead of the fusion point of water. So, in Kelvin degrees, water vaporizes at 373.15 degrees, and the coolest of flames occurring at 473.15 degrees K. 473.15/373.15 = 1.26798874447. Ok, thermodynamics lecture over. 🙂

    The orderliness of our physical world truly tells us much about our Creator. Many of the obscure details of physics serve important purposes. For example, when water freezes, it expands and floats. This is essential to life. Suppose that ice was more dense than liquid water; it would sink to the bottom of a lake and over the course of a winter, a lake would freeze solid, which would be somewhat inconvenient for the fish. Actually, without this unique characteristic of water, bodies of water would be more devoid of life than the harshest of deserts.

    By way of contrast, the desert in which I live can be virtually without rain for 10 months of the year. What I find astounding is the fact that when the monsoons hit, toads, some of them quite large, seem to come out of nowhere, and during the evening hours after a monsoon, it’s quite possible, even common (in some places) for the ground to seem to move, because of the number of toads that seem to be celebrating the rain. Where are they the rest of the year? I have heard that they live, burrowed into the ground, inert for months on end. That’s pretty amazing, if you ask me, and toad don’t know a thing about thermodynamics. 🙂

  4. Thanks for the lesson.

    I didn’t flunk chemistry, I never got that far.

    God designed/created water.

    Water is called the universal solvent, for it is capable of dissolving more substances than any other liquid. Another of water’s amazing properties is that, as it cools down, it contracts until it reaches 39°F and then expands, becoming less dense until it reaches the freezing point, thus giving ice greater volume so that it floats. If water did not have this remarkable feature, most life on this planet would not be possible. Ice actually acts as an insulator: It shields the water beneath it from the cold air above, and helps keep the water below from freezing. If this process suddenly ceased and no longer occurred, cold water, being denser, would settle to the bottom of any collection of water, and all lakes, rivers, and oceans in the far northern and extreme southern latitudes would begin to freeze solid each winter and kill most aquatic life. Each summer, the heat from the sun would only be able to melt the surface layer of ice in those latitudes and, like the plot out of a science fiction movie in which an experiment goes horribly wrong, eventually this frozen element would creep and spread until it engulfed the entire planet, making it a permanently frozen-solid wasteland, containing as much life as a popsicle. –“Reindeer Don’t Fly”-

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