Thermal Lance Project
Here are a few images and links related to a project the “Fuckin Jerks” put together for Burning Man 2006: the Thermic Zombie Lance of Power. We showed it off at the 2006 Decompression in San Francisco as well.
A brief explanation: a thermal lance is a cutting tool that utilizes ignited iron fed with a stream of pressurized oxygen. A steel tube packed with steel rod (and aluminum or magnesium) is connected to a valved handle assembly fed by an oxygen line and tank. Wikipedia link, an MSDS sheet pdf.
An intensely hot (6k – 10 k degrees Fahrenheit) oxy/steel fueled jet is created at the tip. Lances and lance setups are available commercially but we made our own from scratch. We have bored and cut through a variety of stuff including granite, concrete, steel I beams, quartz heavy sandstone, a cast iron fire hydrant, etc.
Making lava from atop a ladder
Dr. Bastard hard at work
Some guy torching a fire hydrant
Oh the irony