I have to be honest I’ve always liked matches, and having built the world’s biggest strikeable match, the worlds hottest and most dangerous match was too much to resist. There was a challenge in getting notoriously difficult to ignite Thermite to strike just like a regular household match, that’s what made this build appeal to me. So here we are then, a 4000 degree Thermite match.
Easy to ignite Thermite
There are many Thermite mixes, but the best place to start for me was with the standard Iron oxide and Aluminium powder version, the only trouble is you need roughly 2000°F to get a 4000°F Thermite reaction started. After scouring the internet and coming up with some good options, some of which were too clever, I settled on a magnesium type pyrotechnic mix as a starter. I not going to go into how that was made because I believe this whole project to be too dangerous to replicate for 99.9% of people, probably me included.
I did make a build video, but it is intended to inspire an interest in problem solving, planning and building things, not for anyone to replicate. In fact please don’t.
Thermite match test
The matches all pretty much fired as expected, with the exception of the campfire experiment where the primary ignition exploded. I suspect too much pyro starter was used, or there may have been a mixing problem, either way it pointed out vividly what a silly idea the whole thing is. I did plan for this during the build, and that is one of the reasons I split up the thermite loads into two small packages, rather than one great big bag of Thermite. Could I make this bigger and better? Of course. Will I? Probably not.
The above project is aimed at adults for education and entertainment purposes only, not to replicate. Anyone doing so takes full responsibility for their own actions.