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Originally posted by Cassius666
Does thermite need a high temperature to start reacting with steele, or do you toss thermite on steele and the reaction causes a high temperature? Some people say thermite was what kept the heat up at ground zero for months.
"Thermite contains its own supply of oxygen, and does not require any external source such as air. Consequently, it cannot be smothered and may ignite in any environment, given sufficient initial heat. It will burn just as well while underwater, for example, and cannot even be extinguished with water, as water sprayed on a thermite reaction will instantly be boiled into steam."
Which one is it now? Does the reaction of thermite with steele cause heat, or is a lot of heat needed to trigger the reaction of thermite with steele?