I recently conducted a little experiment in my backyard last night.. and what I acheived kept my mind turning for many hours ;p
Anyhow, what I did was pour about 2 tsbs of lamp oil into a big candle that was in a metal bucket. (Think of those huge mosquito candles)
Anyhow, what happened I didnt expect.. I was expecting the oil to burn up through the wick as if it were in a normal lamp-wic..
Well, after about 5 mins, the oil heated up the wax to roughly 400 degrees and ignited the wax (flashpoint). After shrugging it off, and moving it a
little farther away from me and my buds (latenight + poker + outside = fun) We played on into the night.. about 4 hours later, after the poker party
was over, the candle was still burning.. and not even half way melted... but nonetheless VERY very hot. I'm assuming that the wax and metal bucket
acheived 400~degrees since the flame would NOT go out. I put a cooking pot lid over it, waiting 5 mins, took it off and it would still reignite..
flashpoint of wax is roughly 375-400 degrees.
Anyhow, it got my wheels turning, and of the potentials of wax as a heat source fuel.. not actual fuel used to run our engines, but fuel that feeds a
I'm still not sure how hot the wax burns, since I dont have a therometer big enough to gadge it, but I know the results are replicable, I did 3 times
over the past 2 days showing friends just how hot it really got
One thing I know, is the type of wax I was burning was dirty, and that Soy based waxes burn clean, at just a slightly higher flashpoint (~100 degrees
I'll figure out the temperature tomarrow, my dad has a nifty electronic therometer that goes well into the 1000's
Wonder if the candle-bomb has enough btu's of heat to steam water?
Quick, someone with the resources build it ;p
[edit on 7/4/2005 by QuietSoul]