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Fully electric flamethrower

Flamethrower and other incendiary weapons often use several liters of fuel and due to this they are easy targets and dead weight in an army. Additionally flamethrowers that use fuel have limited uses. ...
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Fire-analog on an ammonia planet

I am currently building a planet that weighs about 4 earth masses and it's radius is 2.3 times larger than that of earth's. It is an ammonia planet (as the title suggests), and has ammonia oceans with ...
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How would fire behave in an oxygenless atmosphere with a significant percentage of chlorine?

I’m mostly interested in chlorine since (as far as I understand) it’s the most viable, but I’m open to others as well (if it’s worth it). I’ve been working with a sort of “worldbuilding challenge” on-...
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How do Mermaids Create Fire? [duplicate]

Fire is useful. It generates heat to warm your house or cook your food, or to lights the fuses of your bombs. It's also handy if you can start a fire underwater and take it to the surface, so you can ...
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How would burn-proof people react to enflamed alcohol?

The Ardeites are a group of humans who are wholly immune to being injured by heat and flame. Furthermore, they cannot feel pain. All other features (including instinctive reactions to extreme ...
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How long would it take for a Japanese-style castle to burn to the ground?

In my story, the land of Koyokuni has a Japanese-style castle, Akimachi Castle. The castle - and indeed the entire city of Akimachi - is uninhabited, though the land is being repopulated after the ...
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How long could a sealed room/building smolder and still be capable of a backdraft/flashover when reopened?

As a hypothetical, say a bad dude decides he needs to burn a home for some reason, but doesn't want the fire to be immediately spotted and responded to. He gets the house sealed up to the point where ...
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Fire Analogue on Hydrogen Methane atmosphere Planet

Okay to summarize I have a planet with an approximate atmosphere of 44% nitrogen gas, 30% hydrogen gas, 23% methane and 3% other trace gases. I am working on an intelligent alien race on this planet ...
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Would a character who got burned as a baby, with a third degree burn in one arm lose mobility in that arm?

The story would be set in a sort of medieval period, and the character in present day would be about 16 years old.
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Where do forge-worms live outside of forges?

Forge-worms are large bugs which flutter about the hearths of forges. They rely on the high temperatures of the forge to stay active and immediately fall into torpor when their body temperature falls ...
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What would happen if your body had more capillaries?

I'm working on a character who can emit fire from her arms and forearms. I read in a previous question that an increased amount of capillaries can increase the body's ability to carry heat away. If ...
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Does adrenaline have anything to do with explosions?

I've started a fantasy story in which the main character and some others can have access to extremely high adrenaline generation and manipulation. They would have the expected associated powers of ...
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Will the Violet-hot Flaming Torch Annihilate Everything Around Him?

I have an OC. His body can combust and become coated in flames, but when he gets really ticked off, his fire becomes hotter and becomes violet in color. From what I've read, violet fire is extremely f*...
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Can we tweak the atmosphere to reduce fire risk without running short of breath?

I'm looking into a suggestion I've seen mentioned occasionally, most recently in the comments for another question in Worldbuilding. The idea is that human respiration relies on having the correct ...
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What would something as hot as the sun do to its surroundings on Earth? [closed]

Introducing sun boy, he has the magical ability to maintain a constant body temperature equal to the surface of the sun. What would be his effect on his surroundings? Would he just vapourise ...
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Death in a computer room

Years ago, computer rooms used Halon gas to extinguish fires in computer rooms by depriving the room swiftly of oxygen, killing the fire, but keeping expensive equipment safe (vs. sprinkler systems). ...
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How much gasoline does there need to be to ignite and cause a fire in a small shed? [closed]

I'm trying to write a story where a gas leak causes an explosion. How much minimum gas would there need to be for a small shed/small room to ignite when a match is lit in there? The doors and windows ...
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Can you make effective poisons/acids/flammables from basic ingredients that would be useful in fighting monsters?

Can you make effective poisons/acids/flammables from basic ingredients that would be useful in fighting monsters? I am writing a story about a MC who goes into Portals to kill monsters (Typical DnD ...
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Would this fire-based magical catastrophe turn a forest region into a desert?

A massive magic ritual involving the nation's greatest spellcasters utilizing an entire city as their focus, either through miscalculation or sabotage, inadvertently open a massive portal into the ...
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Metallurgy at different gravity strengths

Does the strength of gravity on a planet limit a species ability to create temperatures high enough to melt metals? I read that at low gravity fire burns at cooler temperatures and reduced convection ...
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How could a church maintain the illusion of an Eternal Flame for hundreds of years?

In the world I am developing, a group called the Garotakor Kobark base their belief system on a fire that has burned consistently for hundreds of years. It has been contained within a step pyramid-...
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Development of Firespines [closed]

The land of Dracori contains many magical creatures. One of these is the Firespline Landfish (also called a Terrakanthes). The Terrakanthes looks like a chubby lizard, with a ridge of magical spikes ...
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What kinds of things that aren't fire (but are related to fire) could cause fire damage in a world where elemental magic exists? [closed]

This question arose in the comments of a question about dragons and sunlight (How do migratory dragons avoid being blinded by sun?). The question is, what exactly is it that causes fire damage (in the ...
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How would a Salamander's senses work? [closed]

The salamander, or fire elemental, is a creature which lives inside burning fires. This is a rather unique environment for an animal to live in. Fires produce smoke, which is dark and noisome, and ...
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Plausibility of an advanced civilization that never found fire?

A world similar to earth (climate fluctuations, the need to cook food), and because the natural atmosphere doesn't have oxygen, the intelligent organisms there don't breath oxygen. How far could a ...
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Fire/Flame bombs vs plate armor

Ok, so i'm currently writing something and a question popped into my head as one of the character's threw a firebomb at a bunch of enemies with full plate armor...and questions popped in my head. how ...
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Flames with Unusual Colors

I saw that in A Song of Ice and Fire the dragons have flames of varying colors depending on the color of their scales. Balerion has black flames with red swirls, Tessarion has cobalt blue flames, ...
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Magnesium Sword as Non-Magical Flaming Swords

So I understand a lot of world builders and aspiring fiction writers have often tried to be creative with weapons and get shutdown for various reasons of impracticality or inferiority to steel. I'm ...
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What is the dragon's breath to be made of?

Inspired by GoT, I wanted the dragons of Arcadia (the world I'm building) to have their fire breath in the most biological way possible. By this I mean that fire will not be magical, technological, ...
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Spitting Explosive Fireballs

I'm designing fire dragons for my story and recently the question came up: how to make a dragon shoot fireballs? I don't know what it takes for fireballs, but the rest of the dragons I've designed ...
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A Dragon with Ignition abilities

I'm in the process of creating a plausible fire-breathing dragon, halfway through. As I don't want my dragon to have to eat stones to spit fire or light sparks because that could limit the dragon to ...
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Igniting a Dragon's Fire

I'm in the process of creating a plausible fire-breathing dragon, halfway there. The dragon has glands that allow it to produce a flammable oil from the fat of the animals it eats. To light the oil I ...
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How potent would a dragon's fire be?

In the Game of Thrones TV series the fire of the dragons is "biological" and comes from two tubes in the dragons' mouth. In the second last episode of Season 6, the dragons Viserion and ...
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Is my dragon's fire plausible?

The dragon, through a gland, produces a flammable oil from the fat of the animals it has eaten, the oil is stored in a bag, the blood circulation around the bag increases, heating the oil to the point ...
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How to keep fire magic out of the Army?

The big Empire in my setting has some inspiration from the pre-Islamic Persian Empires, and thus they really like Fire. They were the first to develop fire-magic and all of their priests are educated ...
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Would it be possible to create a humanoid that outputs fire from it's skin [duplicate]

Many stories [especially stuff like manga or anime] contain characters with the ability to output flames from their skin. This would require heat resistant skin while still outputting said flames / ...
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Could flammable alcohol be used as a weapon in combat?

I'm developing a character who becomes stronger the more alcohol is in his body but couldn't think of an appropriate weapon. Then I had the idea that he could use alcohol in some sort of flame based ...
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Could merfolk cook without air by using electrical heating?

Basically title. You can't light a fire to cook your food because everything's all wet and there's no air you see. But can you take some raw meat, apply an electric eel to it for 20 minutes, turning ...
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Designing a low technology flamethrower with limited resources

This is an extention of these question: Using dead bodies for material 4: ammunition and Arming all untrained people with firearms, which weapon would do? The world is suffering from the creatures of ...
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What are you actually moving when telekinetically moving/shaping fire?

Ok, so I'm willing to bet at least one person has looked at the title of this question and thought to themselves "What?", so I'll try and explain this as thoroughly as I can. Most ...
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How would you keep a reverse Hindenburg from exploding?

A colony ship was outfitted to set up operations in the "tiger stripe" ice caves of Enceladus. [sorry!] But its main drive was hacked during a course correction and the ship crashed on ...
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Human Combustion by Nanites

Nanites would likely generate a lot of heat. If a large number of nanites infested a human body, multiplied, and began moving / operating what would be the result? Could the composition of the ...
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Fire-themed enemy ideas [closed]

So I'm currently designing a video game lava level and I wanna fill it with fire-based animals that will essentially act as enemies for the players to interact with. So far I've currently got two ...
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Making a portable fire flute with thermoacoustics

Preliminary context Before we start, sit back and relax, and let me have you a cup of context : Last month, While wandering on the netdom, I wondered how I'd add some cultural interest to my medieval ...
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Would a pool of petroleum explode if lit on fire?

A large pool of crude oil 60 feet in diameter and about 10 feet deep. It sits atop a 100ft. tall stone pillar with a 5ft radius hole that leads down into the earth. If the oil on top is exposed to a ...
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Setting up a bonfire in a methane rich atmosphere: is it possible?

I am trying to describe the exploration of an hypothetical planet with a hydrocarbon rich atmosphere. Atmospheric pressure is around 1 bar, temperature around 10-20 Celsius, the main component of the ...
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Is it possible to have a cold flame?

Imagine I have this make-believe psionic microbe-or-something that feeds off of the heat energy from combustion. And let's say that this new fire radiates cold instead of hot. The big problem with ...
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Protective equipment of medieval firefighters?

Heating up with some context I have a kingdom where large patches of forest and dense vegetation lands are lying, ranging from mountainous (al)pine forests to deciduous trees from oceanic or mildly ...
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Is it possible to make blazing, flying spores/seeds?

You may have heard of pyrophites : They are plants which have a strong relationship to fire, whether they are extremely resilient to it, blossoming with it or simply as a way for their seeds to sprout....
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Would fire/heat powers be actually dangerous?

In a duel, one of the fighter is a fire mage who is capable of producing heat surges in a wave-like pattern. There are flames coming along with it, but it's purely for aethestics and has no physical ...
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