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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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How can I expand the definition and some specifics of pyrokinesis?

I'm writing a sci-fi world where, if you put it in simple words, a small percentage of population can manipulate the matter. I'm not going to dive into specifics, because I'm still working on WHY and ...
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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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Dragon fire As Powerful As Possible

So we have seen questions stating or asking how a dragon could breathe fire. Although, I want to know what substance would make it as powerful as dragon fire could be. I envisioned a biological napalm ...
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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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How effective is fire in bathing?

I have a fantasy race that controls fire, and loses their powers when they get wet. They bathe by scarping all dirt and materials off their skin and heating the outside of their body to 600 degrees ...
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What options does my hero have for burning down (or otherwise destroying) her house using means readily available? [closed]

My hero is a young female adult who's fascinated with old houses, so she bought one. The date is just "very old" and it is recognized as an historic building. Assume this is in the United ...
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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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Would people still be able to create firearms, machines and rockets as compact as modern-day firearms in a high-oxygen environment?

So me and my buddy are currently working on a story that takes place on a different earth-like planet similar to when dinosaurs like Brachiosaurus inhabit the landscape. A few differences is that the '...
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How to activate and deactivate a fire stone the easy way? [closed]

In a world similar set in renaissance times, there are natural occurring stones with the ability to produce flames. The more precious the stone, the higher and stronger quality of the flame/fire. Each ...
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Reality check: A fire in a giant cave with two entrances. Where do the byproducts go?

There is an underground city in a multi-level cave with two entrances; it is otherwise enclosed. It's shaped more or less like an inverted pyramid, getting narrower with increasing depth. A fire ...
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Can a dragon's fire breath be liquid based?

Dragons commonly breathe fire. They can do so over considerable distances, often many times their body length. But this needs to be powered somehow, by a substance that the dragon can generate on its ...
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Would pyrokinesis be an effective defense?

I've read comics in which someone with pyrokinetic powers was able to block bullets with a sheet of fire. I have three questions How hot would the fire have to be to melt a bullet passing through it? ...
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Using fire as currency?

Long ago, modern humans died off. Only a few people remained, and they made all sorts of GMO plants, like moss that grows extremely quickly and can be dried into flour. Houses are made out of wood......
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Using Fire For Good? [closed]

It's very rare that fire is associated with anything good, despite being one of humanity's first inventions. But, to a normal person, fire isn't used much these days. Heat is still utilized, but fire ...
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Plausible setting that requires a wearable flamethrower

I've got a story I've started, and realized I have no explanation as to why the main character has a wearable flamethrower. Right now, I'm leaving it as 'He's a youtuber who makes stupid stuff so ...
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Anatomically Correct Salamander

The mythological salamander is a generally lizard-like creature which has been ascribed many traits and features, mainly in relation to fire. The basic traits of the mythological salamander are: They ...
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How would technology be affected if the use fire was restricted to just very specific locations?

So, imagine you live in a very humid climate. Much more than any tropical country. Fire doesn't appear in natural circumstances or, if it does, goes out extremely quickly. It's kind of a folk tale ...
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Laws between humans and anthropomorphic dragons (WIP / Questions) [closed]

I am currently creating a society for a short CG film. My main character is a young a,thropomorphic dragon living in the same standards as humans (as you can see on the image). I would have wanted to ...
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How could an underwater civilization develop fire?

This is the follow-up question to How could an underwater civilization develop electricity?, as mentioned there. In that question, I never addressed how my civilization could have discovered/used ...
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How easily can a medieval granary explode?

The villainous gremlins are attempting to cause as much damage to the lands of the Empire as possible with as little effort as practical. They have numerous plans to this end. One such plan is to blow ...
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Would it be possible to use a mount that requires a much higher temperature than the rider?

Would it be possible for an insect-sized intelligent species to ride a larger insect-sized species that can only survive at around 600°C, and if so, what would the mount need to be kept both warm and ...
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Sustainability of Regular Global Wildfires Due to Oxygen Rich Atmosphere

So, I've heard that above around 35% O2 concentration in Earth-like atmospheres leads to wildfires that just never go out. I'm thinking of using this like California, with its regularly occuring ...
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Can I justify pyrokinesis / cryokinesis in a psychic-style magic system?

I've been going back and forth on my modern setting's magic system for a while now, but I've settled on a power-set that's closer to psychic powers than traditional magic, because of a couple of ...
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Metallurgy in the Carboniferous- Just how much hotter are fires?

The present day atmosphere is roughly 21% oxygen. Historically high-levels might have been as much as 35%, over 66% higher. This made the carboniferous a period of giant bugs and constant devastating ...
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Could one create solid rock from dirt using fire?

I have this idea of a character capable of manipulating heat (more than just controlling fire, really controlling the heat of stuff around him). Let's now say that this character digs a tunnel. Would ...
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How would a well-equipped Renaissance knight mitigate a dragon's fire breath?

During the early Renaissance, how might a knight-errant equip themselves to mitigate the offensive capabilities of flying, fire-breathing reptiles? It can be assumed that the knight, backed by a ...
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The chemical and nuclear science behind pyromancy

For quiet sometime now I’ve been stuck on one of the finer details of my world building. Namely that one of my characters is this world’s version of a pyromancer that, through the use of both the ...
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How to prevent medieval houses from being burnt to ground by fire breathing dragons?

Medieval houses generally made out of timber were often being raided by several dragons that can breathe chemical fire at a distance. They seldom touch the houses with their razor sharp talons nor ...
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How to prove that “dragons“ spit fire?

Let's imagine there actually were dragons (dinosaurs) that spit fire. How could that be actually proven if you've lived in a day and age like today, where these kinds of creatures are actually ...
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Why wouldn't dragon-hide make me fire-resistant?

There are two types of dragons in the world today. Smaugs are bat-like lizards that can grow up to 30 feet, with a pair of arms and legs. They also sport a pair of large wings that allow them to fly. ...
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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 does a global war look like from space?

In the game Mass Effect 3, several planets are invaded by scores upon scores of hostile aliens, who have enough resources to spread their forces over an entire galaxy and still be largely unstoppable. ...
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Could a Flying Alien Species Develop Fire Usage?

I’ve got an intelligent, stone-age species that looks a bit like an Azhdarchid pterosaur. It is around the size of a large eagle. They have a proboscis and a finger on each wing used for manipulating ...
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What are the harmful consequences of burning cigarette stubs in large quantities?

I have a pair of survivors living in a trailer (18-wheeler's trailer) and they have found about 3 pounds of cigarette butts and have decided to burn them for warmth. What would happen to these two? (...
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Fire Deparment Response to a Wizard Duel [closed]

In Modern Suburban America, two wizards have a duel using only a beginner fireball spell at 3 am. They both have really bad aim. The local authorities are alerted and arrive in less than 5 minutes. ...
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Recreating dragon fire

In Anne McCaffrey’s series 'The Dragonriders of Pern', she describes her dragons chewing on rocks containing phosphine — a chemical made of one phosphorus atom and three hydrogen atoms. In gas form, ...
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Are continent wide forest fires possible?

The setting I have in mind is an Earth-similar planet which has most of its landmass covered in forests. A civil conflict on this planet ingnites forests fires, which then spread. I was wondering if ...
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The Validity of Hunting with Fire

I'm planning an RPG character who's supposed to emulate dragons and to live up to the image he'd use as little equipment as possible. Without weapons, his main tool for hunting is fire attacks. I ...
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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 might bridles for dragons be designed?

My society uses dragons as giant flying weapons/war crafts, usually with a rider that would be half on their belly harnessed to the middle of the dragon's neck. The rider's ankles and waist would be ...
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is there other possible/exotic fuel for fire other than common/normal oil/fuel? [closed]

so my question was VTC because it was considered as setting so i guess i need to remove the reason part (i dont think it harm much to the already answered part), if some of you curious about the ...
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Armor for a pyrokinetic

What could a group of pyrokinetics wear. They can't wear armor made from flammable material (obviously). They can't wear iron/steel armor because it would get hot too quickly and it wouldn't be so ...
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Fire Producing Organism

I was hypothesizing an organism that could create it's own fire with the use of a flamethrower-like organ. I was thinking that this animal has a oxygen-free organ that hold diethylzinc and when the ...
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how plausible is this method of humans breathing fire?

My method of breathing fire involves humans stomachs producing ethane or methane and them holding a lit flame near their faces and just breathing out of burping . Fire breathing in this is more ...
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Are there any medieval light sources without fire? [closed]

In a world of my story, which is loosely based on medieval times, fire disappeared. Are there any sources of lighting without fire that would be possible in a medieval setting? It is a fantasy book ...
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Cremated People Pottery

In my world, families posses family plates containing the ashes or their predecessors. Is it feasible to have crockery made of human ashes? If so, what properties can I expect from the pottery? What ...