Heat of the Flame?

NordicSplitter Posted By NordicSplitter, Feb 6, 2013 at 7:45 PM

  1. NordicSplitter

    NordicSplitter
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    Watching the fire tonight and I see many different colors to the flames. I have in the stove now a good bed of coals from maple and ash. Threw in two splits of birch and one good size round of oak. With that said the stove is reading 600F. But what about the colors of the flames? I see yellow and oranges everywhere but I also see blue. Almost like a blowtorch blue. Is the blue hotter than the rest or just more concentrated? Interesting to think about and what is the temp of the blue flame typically?
     
  2. jdp1152

    jdp1152
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    In theory, later in a burn you should see a lot more blue since there should be less ash and other combustion byproducts burning in the flame. In practice, there are so many combinations of things that contribute to flame coloration. Just look at fireworks for example. Different material compositions produce the colors.
     
  3. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage
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    Coon pee and squirrel pee give different colors too. If you keep the critters out, the mice will move in. Not sure what color they give. :rolleyes:
     
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  4. jdp1152

    jdp1152
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    Admit it sav, when entertaining guests, you go out and give your next load a soak to really wow them with the colors! ;)
     
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  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage
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    Depends upon what I have been drinking!
     
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