Has anyone heard of substituting or just adding to the water in the tank of a carbide generator some hydrogen peroxide? It is supposed to make the flame brighter.
Haven't heard of it before, but it makes sense. Hydrogen Peroxide, H2O2, has twice as much oxygen in it as water.
Maybe do a test with some carbide in a SMALL can, well away from other flammable objects? Be sure to wear a face shield!
Can't wait to see the water vs. hydrogen peroxide Youtube video!
It works good as a rocket fuel.
Not sure about headlights. It is an oxidizer, so it will make the flame hotter.
Larry peroxide added to the water will increase the brightness but also the heat. If you like your glass mirrors/ reflectors you’ll steer clear. Miners would add peroxide to their headlamps but remember the reflectors were generally polished nickel plated brass that cast broad unfocused light vs the reflectors for headlights. Best John
learn something new, re miners carbide lamps.
In order to rapidly break down Hydrogen Peroxide into water and oxygen a catalyst is required such as Manganese Dioxide. I haven't found where Calcium Carbide has any significant catalytic effect on Hydrogen Peroxide so probably nothing much would happen. Regardless, combining oxygen with acetylene in a closed container is a bad idea, as in BOOM! Your lights were not designed to run such a combo so I would stay clear.
Tim - an old chemistry teacher
Tim, did you recommend adding H2O2 by the capful to batteries ???
I recall some years ago some one with your background had made the recommendation.
Oxygen and fuel gasses in a rubber hose with a flame on the end. What could go wrong? Probably not a high risk as I doubt the peroxide would release all that quickly but... don't think it's recommended on a car you actually want to keep.
I tried to take a chunk out of my thumb the other day. It wasn't my plan, but as things sometimes go, a sharp object I was working on had its own ideas. After washing and flushing the wound with soap and water (used an old toothbrush also, now THAT hurt!), I flushed the wound out again with hydrogen peroxide. It bubbled and foamed a bunch, rinsed it off again. Poured more hp onto it, more bubbling and foaming, rinsed again. Then a third time through. Three days later, it seems to be healing up nicely, with no sign of infection.
That is how I use hydrogen peroxide.
I used to use tincture of merthiolate, but that stuff has become very hard to find.
You can also put it on skin cancer. I use the 35% food grade for many things. We all got sick on a sewer plant job once, my friend Ed was extremely sick. He was about 30 then and 230 lbs(very well built), he lost 100 lbs in the first month. After not getting any better for about a year under doctors care someone recommended taking drops mixed in water. He was back to work in 2 weeks and on the mend. So we all took the regiment of h2o2. That was 30 years ago and we are all doing ok. Im with Tim, I don't think it is a good idea. It will also probably ruin your generator. I know if you want something to rust, h2o2 will do it.
Haha! I grew up with Merthiolate too Wayne! I carefully removed the broken cap from that little brown glass bottle and put it on my boyhood wounds.
They now sell it as Mercury free! Available on the 'net. Ours had Mercury. Great antiseptic but...
John, I KNOW you ain't crazy. Got a bottle in my fridge. Gotta get back on it. A dandy oxidizer like Chlorine Dioxide.
Both h2o2 and ClO2 are friendly to us but hard on yucky stuff we have IN us. Dr Noel might disagree. :-)
We've run off topic Larry. Please excuse. ;-)
I'd like to have a Brass T with gas lighting. Right up my alley of perhaps fussy and potentially dangerous. I'm so cheap tho.
George - that wasn't me. I'm not aware of any benefit to be gained by adding Hydrogen Peroxide to a wet cell battery. For one thing, the stuff from the store is 97% plain water anyway.