Cotton + Super Glue = Spontaneous Combustion

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Post 3+ Months Ago

Pretty neat. I wonder what type of temperatures the chemical reaction can withstand - both materials would make for great emergency supplies on camping trips and what not on their own, but producing fire is even better!

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Some people already keep super glue in their first aid kits for makeshift stitches along with cotton balls too. :D
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First thought; I can't believe I've never seen Les Stroub do this.

It seems like you need a large proportion of glue to cotton. Maybe too much to make it practical as a survival tool.

I bet the fumes this generates are pretty strong.
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I wonder if it will work with marshmellows...mmmm.
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I wonder whether it would work if the cotton ball got wet.
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joebert wrote:
I wonder whether it would work if the cotton ball got wet.


I was wondering the same thing. Given my extensive amount of free time this week, I think I may put this to the test.
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mk27 wrote:
I wonder if it will work with marshmellows...mmmm.

If it works I doubt the marshmellow would be edible.
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"Try it yourself and be careful" they said. I'm definitely going to try this. For a wilderness survival type of situation though I don't think that would be too feasible. In my first aid kit I carry whenever I go out in the woods I do have a small tube of super glue and a couple cotton balls, but I also keep a trusty bic lighter in it too (in addition to a second lighter in my pocket, some water proof matches, and a ferrocerium rod). The chances that anyone would have three tubes of super glue is pretty slim, and if it were me I'd want to try and stretch all my supplies out for as long of duration as possible. But this is good to know for a "just in case" type of thing.

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