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Thu Dec 5, 2019, 06:18 PM

The cornstarch replacement for talc is one of the most

volatile powered grains. Can cause explosions. Also under certain conditions it can host bacteria and fungi. I demonstrated to my wife how cornstarch blown into an open flame resembled a blow torch.

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Reply The cornstarch replacement for talc is one of the most (Original post)
Prosper Dec 2019 OP
Brother Buzz Dec 2019 #1
obamanut2012 Dec 2019 #18
Sneederbunk Dec 2019 #2
NurseJackie Dec 2019 #15
whistler162 Dec 2019 #3
Hortensis Dec 2019 #4
Blue_true Dec 2019 #13
ProfessorGAC Dec 2019 #5
Aristus Dec 2019 #12
ProfessorGAC Dec 2019 #14
Aristus Dec 2019 #19
jberryhill Dec 2019 #6
dewsgirl Dec 2019 #7
jberryhill Dec 2019 #8
dewsgirl Dec 2019 #9
Codeine Dec 2019 #10
madinmaryland Dec 2019 #11
ProfessorGAC Dec 2019 #16
montana_hazeleyes Dec 2019 #17

Response to Prosper (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 06:26 PM

1. How much asbestos is in cornstarch?

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 08:34 AM

18. +1

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Response to Prosper (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 06:29 PM

2. Precisely why I keep all my cornstarch under lock and key.

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Response to Sneederbunk (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 07:00 AM

15. ...

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Response to Prosper (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 06:32 PM

3. Don't show her what flour can do

and then there is DiHydrogen Monoxide a very deadly chemical compound - https://www.dhmo.org/facts.html. You don't want to know what you get when those two compounds are mixed.

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Response to Prosper (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 06:37 PM

4. Cornstarch was illegal in California when we left, but you can get big

bags of it in farm supply stores here in Georgia, right alongside the ammonium nitrate. Blew my mind first time I saw it!

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 09:10 PM

13. You bad person!!!!!

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Response to Prosper (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 06:37 PM

5. Nearly All Fine Grain Products Are Dangerous

The exceptions are powders that are carbon free or very low in organic compounds.
All grains consist preponderantly of carbon compounds.
One of the worst powder explosions was at Georgia Sugar. After that powder cloud blast, only about 40% of the plant was standing.
And if you think cornstarch will flare, try cover creamer powder. Shazam!

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 07:33 PM

12. When i was in the Army, we used to use the coffee creamer from our MRE's to light

or juice up a fire. I heard the peanut butter was highly flammable, too. But we never tried to find out.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 06:59 AM

14. PB Is Combustible, But Not Flammable

I know I'm picking a technical not, here.
Peanut oil is combustible, in the same was edible (so to speak) candles are. They're made of animal fats, (or the derived fatty acids) or the equivalent from hydrogenated vegetable oils.
So, definitely peanut butter will burn.
Activation energy is high though, so a stray spark is not going to make it flame.

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #14)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 09:39 AM

19. Thanks!



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Response to Prosper (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 07:09 PM

6. You went after your wife with a flamethrower?

 

Wow.

I demonstrated a bazooka to my wife once, but she managed to swerve the car just in the nick of time.

Iíll have to get me some corn starch.

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Response to Prosper (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 07:10 PM

7. Yikes.😳

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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 07:12 PM

8. She has a gofundme for the skin grafts

 

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 07:13 PM

9. Oh no.😁

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Response to Prosper (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 07:19 PM

10. When cornstarch is outlawed

 

only outlaws will have smooth, thick sauces.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 5, 2019, 07:25 PM

11. I keep it under lock and key taking it out only to make the best gravy!

Now Iím hungry.

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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #11)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 07:02 AM

16. If It Makes You Feel Safer...

...then I understand.
But, cornstarch is not really any more conflagrating than flour, coffee creamer, espresso ground coffee, etc.
And the danger is really caused by densely dispersing it as a cloud.
It's not to be confused with a true explosive.
Having a gas can for the mower in your garage is a far greater danger.

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Response to Prosper (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 08:02 AM

17. LOL to the whole thread!

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