- Take a piece of ferrocerium with tweezers.
- Heat it with a burner to red-hot.
- Abruptly drop it on the floor.
Red hot ferrocerium rod gives many sparks
Scientific name: Combustion of ferrocerium
Wear eyes protection. The floor covering must be nonflammable. There are many sparks, be careful!
Always follow general safety recommendations. Please note that conducting chemistry experiments you must comply with the relevant legal procedures in your country.
Ce + O2 → CeO2
2Fe + 3/2 O2 → Fe2O3
Ferrocerium consists of cerium, iron, lanthanum and some other metals. Cerium has an ignition temperature about 150-180 °C, and it forms sparks. When the red-hot ferrocerium rod smashes, burning particles of metal scatter.