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Questions tagged [fire]

For questions about byproduct of the combustion of materials.

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Could a guy with regenerative immortality create a fire from his own corpses [closed]

There's this man, he has regenerative immortality, besides that, nothing else. Could he light a fire with the corpses he has?
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How does my spell ignite the sky?

For years, humanity and nephilim have battled (more or less) together to staunch the unending flow of demons and angels wrecking havoc on Earth in their unending wars. Now, we are finally in ...
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Describing what the world looks like in UV and IR [closed]

In my world I have introduced two super powers, and both can be accidentally acquired by an otherwise normal human: one is to see infrared and the other is to see ultraviolet. I am aiming to have that ...
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What is a good way to explain how a character can produce flames from their body?

So in a webtoon that I am drawing/writing everyone is born with 1 or 2 psychic abilities that can range anywhere from teleportation, sensory manipulation, thermal conductivity, elemental kinesis ...
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How hot is my dragon?

Little side project on fantasy story with dragons (or wyverns to be exact, but they're equivalent for the purpose). I have dragons roaming the country side, laying waste and ruin in their wake. As ...
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Forging with geothermal heat: Possible alternative to fire in alien species' technological progression?

A world idea I'm playing with for a sci-fi idea I'm working on has an atmosphere similar to the composition of Earth's atmosphere during the Carboniferous Period: Lots of oxygen, so while a human or a ...
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What happens when two flames meet from opposite sides?

What happens when two flames (whether from dragons or blowtorches) meet head on? Many films make it appears as a front where the two flames repel each other, but my intuition is that, in fact, the two ...
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What amount of forrest-fire in square km or metric tons, would be necesary to bring oxygen levels below 19.5% that humans require to stay alive? [closed]

I read that oxygen makes up 21% of the Earth's atmosphere. I'm guessing it would take a lot of burning to decrease that level, but I am not sure how to calculate that. The problem is: Roughly 400 ...
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Redox Magic 2: Iron Age France

This is part 2 of a series. Part 1 can be read here. It's the same premise, in a different era. Imagine that you live in France during the iron age. One day, you and five friends have the ability to ...
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Redox Magic 1: Stone-age France

Because my setting is incredibly varied, I've been advised against attempting to ask this in a single question, and have broken this up into a series. Each context will be roughly analogous to a ...
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How could my humanoids have fire resistant hair and skin?

Explanations for fire setting are easier to come by than explanations for fire resistance. Being able to set fires with nothing more than their hands, my 'fire-setters' need protection from the flames....
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Why would somebody want to stop the four elements? [closed]

I'm writing a story about the four elements that are in four people. One controls water, one controls fire, and so on for air and earth. Why would the antagonist want to get rid of the four people/...
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Is it possible for an atmosphere to have gasoline mixed in it?

Is there such a thing as gasoline vapors, or some kind of gas that can be given off by gasoline? I'm trying to come up with a planet where the atmosphere is combustible and constantly catching on fire ...
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Burning Down Chicago

The year is 2100. Internet 3.0 has arrived, with an ubiquitous Internet of Things. Even your wedding band has a fingerprint scanner to make sure it doesn't get stolen. An evil AI has been developed ...
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How could humanoids master forge fire without using vegetal materials?

I'm building a fantasy world with a humanoid species (basically, "elves") which refuses to use dead wood. Context They don't use dead wood because they don't want to. Consider that trees are sacred ...
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Is there any natural material that could be used to make fireproof feathers?

The general idea I'm looking to support here is that of a bird that produces a natural grease/oil that covers its feathers, similar to real-world waterfowl. Assume the purpose of this oil is to be lit ...
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How to modify bee physiology to be able to produce firehoney given nectar that is (magically) flammable?

How would fire honey be useful and manageable to a beehive/bee colony? Info In this scenario, bees harvest nectar from a particular flower. The nectar is not only spicy from capsaicin, but literally ...
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A world where underwater fire is possible [closed]

We perceive water as a fire extinguisher, based on observations related to the atmospheric conditions on our planet. However, Let's see if we can circumvent this limitation. Actually, water ...
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Fire Resistant Armour for a Medieval Era Like Setting

When I say medieval it’s more like a fallen world that went barbaric really quickly. Firearms and combustible fuels have been commonplace so society is still advanced in a way, but is more tribal/...
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What type of mechanics/required secondary powers would be needed to explain how a superhero might use pyrokinetic flight/propulsion?

A character in the novel that I'm working on is capable of pyrokinesis, and one of the applications in which he was experimenting on is using fire control to propel himself upwards in the air like a ...
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Can a person covered in mud survive an ordeal with fire breathing dragon?

In my upcoming novel, my protagonist decided to paint every part of his body in mud before engaging with the fire breathing dragon which dwells at the bottom of a dormant volcano. The flame from the ...
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What would a modern soldier trained and equipped to operate in burning forests look like?

So, let's just say that the US Military has a tactic that involves setting forests alight and deploying troops there for combat. I don't know if this is plausible, or why they would do this, but I ask ...
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Bio ChlorineTrifluoride Pyrogenesis

So Chlorine Trifluoride is a very dangerous chemical known to burn through things like concrete and asbestos. It's so bad that the Nazis, THE NAZIS, decided it was too dangerous to use. So I need an ...
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How can a creature safely set their own fists on fire?

I have a creature (a cat person) that wants to set its own fists/claws on fire, because it attacks via its fists/claws, and is fighting enemies that are fairly flammable. What can this creature do, ...
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What are the scientific issues with this method of dragons breathing fire?

I am including some dragons in the universe I'm building. Now, I have already decided that only baby dragons will fly, but I am having some problems with breathing fire. My current design: Dragons ...
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To make a gas giant flammable

(Warning: do not try this at home-system) Preamble Hello humans, we need advice. Let's say we have just successfully defeated and killed a Horror From Beyond Reason who happened to be multiple ...
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How should I calibrate and estimate pyrokinesis?

BACKGROUND I'd like to create a world that includes pyrokinesis, the ability to heat and even combust materials at a distance. This is a low-magic setting, so what I have in mind is not very flashy. ...
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How do I quickly melt bronze, without magical means?

So I have this character, that has been interred in a bronze statue for a thousand or so years. I need to be able to quickly melt, or get rid of the bronze so he can be released in front of my main ...
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What tree is least vulnerable to fire? [closed]

Which trees are the least vulnerable to fire? These trees will be the "restaurants" (more like small food kitchens) in this mostly realistic world. There will be vents up at the top of the trees for ...
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Improved “fire eating” act

How might a near-future performer update the sideshow fire-eating act through the use of newer technology, materials, and scientific knowledge? Everybody knows that if you take a mouthfull of ...
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How could you explain black firebreath?

I'm currently writing a medieval fantasy novel where one of my main characters is a human who can shift into a dragon that breathes a black colored fire. I would only call it black fire for the sake ...
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Fire prevention in a low-tech city

If you live in a town of wooden buildings, fire can be a big problem. If you have the luxury of being able to plan the layout of a city, how do you plan the city to avoid major fires? Notes: Low-...
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Where would wind blow away the smoke from a giant fire?

In a "mountains and valleys" type area, there is a very large fire (say, an acre or two) that generates a lot of smoke. Where would the wind be strong enough and constant enough in this type of ...
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How Long Could an “Eternal” Fire Last?

How Long could an "Eternal" Fire last? At some point there is a fire very spiritually important to a certain people - so important that they build a city around it, and begin developing an empire ...
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How could an organism with keratin fur/hair and feathers generate a spark of static electricity? How well would this spark start a fire?

My creature is a 'chimera', so it is a combination of a few different animals. As a defense (or an offense) mechanism, it can coat itself in a flammable oil and self ignite. I would prefer to ...
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If the world caught on fire how long would it take to burn?

If one forest fire couldn't be contained and it spread across the world how long do you think it would take for 90% of the world to catch on fire, burn, and then burn out? Also, while the world was ...
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Could Wasps and Ants reach the stone age?

In my world, a group of scientists prepare for the "inevitable" extinction of man by manufacturing* true, efficient, social(1) hive minds from Order Hymenoptera, specifically from the wasp waist ...
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Could an accidental fire in a modern city without another disaster at the same time burn down the entire city?

NOTE: I am aware of the recent Grenfell fire. While it inspired this question, I mean no disrespect to the victims of this tragedy. Centuries ago, before modern fire brigades, there were a number of ...
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Could burning debris keep burning in space?

To have a fire you need three things: oxygen, heat and flammable material, therefore the cold vacuum of space is the last place you would expect something to burn. I was, however, wondering if a very ...
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How could you make a fire appear a different color with medieval tech?

A street performer in the medieval age could make some money. One popular performer is a fire eater. Changing the color of his flames would likely make his popularity rise so that he would make more ...
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How to survive being burned alive? [closed]

I live in a village where magic is considered as a sin. Those who have magic in their blood must be burned alive. This is because in the past many people abuse magic. And somehow society believe that ...
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In a world where death isn't permanent, can being burned alive be made a less excruciating experience?

In the not too distant future, technology is developed that allows human minds to be scanned by nanobots, uploaded to a server, and then downloaded into artificially produced organic bodies, ...
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What alternatives for fire can an aquatic sentient species use?

Since fire doesn't burn under water aquatic alien sophonts will use alternative technologies. The question is, which alternatives to fire can they use? I am interested in all aspects of fire, (heat, ...
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Fire on different oxygen density

I'm creating a world with different oxygen density, about 15%. When given same fuel and air pressure, how will the fire burn up in this 15% oxygen density atmosphere compared to our world? And the ...
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The Elusive Man's Private Fire Department

For this alternate universe, we have an eccentric billionaire in a modern day setting. He's a resident of a fairly large city - several million in the metro area - and he is very fond of it. However,...
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Why would a fire dragon still be afraid of torches?

I can understand that all animals would instinctively stay away from a fire, however for a fire breathing dragon to be warded off by torches seem puzzling to me. What could help explain such ironic ...
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How do dragons not burn themselves?

If I were to build a world like Game of Thrones, how would the dragons not burn their own nostrils from the heat of flames?
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If the oxygen is introduced into the flammable gas by a tube, does it produce stable combustion? And What does the flame look like? [closed]

If the oxygen is introduced into the flammable gas by a tube, does it produce stable combustion? And What does the flame look like? And is the flame red in center or blue in periphery? And the shape ...
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Would a Complete combustion flame breath cause more destruction than a Incomplete combustion flame breath?

That title is really long... but the essence of this question is basically asking whether a complete combustion flame would be more destructive(burn things faster? and spread faster?) than a ...
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Advanced Technology in a Fireless World?

I have this world in my cosmic garden where open flames are not possible in the primary atmosphere (either not enough oxygen or some other factor that limits free burning of fuel). Given that ...