Thermic lance made from spaghetti


[Frogz] sent in a video he found of a thermic lance constructed from spaghetti. If you are not familiar, thermic lances are typically comprised of an iron tube filled with iron rods, which are then burned using highly pressurized oxygen. This lance however, was built by tightly wrapping a bundle of spaghetti in aluminum foil and attaching it to an oxygen tank. While thermic lances are commonly used in heavy construction where thick steel needs to be cut, [latexiron] and his friends use theirs to cut apart a chair. While we don’t necessarily condone drunken destruction of innocent patio furniture, we can’t help but watch this video again and again in amazement of the incredibly novel use of everyday pasta. You too can join in the drunken revelry after the jump. If food-based cutting torches are your thing, be sure to check out this bacon lance as well.


  1. qwerty says:

    That’s nothing. Back in my day we made Jedi lightsabers using macaroni!

  2. Phil says:

    That was fantastic!! I was in absolute hysterics while watching it!!

  3. jim says:

    Now make one with sparklers…

  4. Erik Johnson says:

    Haha, nice. The camera guys must be severely obese, his breathing is so loud!

  5. Hal Hockersmith says:

    I just started taking a welding class and we are doing safety and torch cutting. While very interesting (oxygen and spaghetti who knew) I have one serious reservation about this video. WHY is he laying that bottle on its side? Good safety says you should always keep ANY compressed bottle upright.

    Also wouldn’t foil tape be better then gaffers?

  6. Robert says:

    LOL! This seems like a fun bunch of people! I know was laughing throughout the whole video.

  7. ApprenticeWizard says:

    Fascinating. Send this to MythBusters. First, because I want confirmation before I get out the angel hair. Second, I imagine Jamie and Adam playing with a thermic lance and there is nothing but good and destruction.

  8. Squirrel says:

    This looks like… A Spaghetti Incident

  9. zool says:

    cook meatballs with it

  10. Griggy says:

    @Erik Johnson: He’s laughing and drunk. That would explain methinks :)

  11. Gdogg says:

    Cool.. Very hard to watch over the soudn of the camera man’s breathing.

  12. Fallen says:

    Pure win. The bacon link in youtube was better though.

  13. chippy says:

    “WHY is he laying that bottle on its side?”

    I’m guessing it’s compressed O2 gas and not a liquid. Thus no worry about leaking out liquid O2.

  14. spencezar says:

    in the disclaimer it say did not happen lol its fake

  15. Bob says:

    You don’t need spaghetti. You can use almost anything. As long as you can get it to ignite, forcing compressed oxygen through it will cause it to become incredibly hot.

  16. Gene says:

    Compressed oxygen will make anything burn much faster, but not anything that burns will do; you still need sufficient energy content. Food, as it so happens, contains a lot of energy. Carbohydrates (pasta) for instance is more energy dense than TNT.

  17. ledstart says:

    What an asshole, ruining a perfectly good chair..

  18. Ellie says:

    Observation: In a real thermic lance the temperatures are much higher by the exothermic oxidation of the iron.

    This is really an oxygen spaghetti torch which is still pretty cool.

  19. Hirudinea says:

    They’ve been using this in Italy for years, they also use linguine for rebar.

  20. Jamie says:

    Truely, they have been touched by the FSM’s noodly appendage, and inspired!

  21. IJ Dee-Vo says:

    @ ledstart

    What an epic D0od pwning a chair

  22. o says:

    I hope she made lotsa spaghetti!

  23. stormdog says:

    +1 for the FSM reference!

  24. MikeM says:

    For a good demonstration of a thermic lance, see the movie “Thief”. In it, James Caan’s character uses one to crack a safe. AFAIK, in the movie, the tube was magnesium.

  25. Kaboof says:

    wow, they are drunk and still the video is watchable.
    There are so many guys making videos with a shaky camera, bad vision angel etc…

  26. b0bb3r5 says:

    Dont try this at home…. do it at your friends house!

  27. NN says:

    @Hockersmith O2-bottles are also mounted lying down when fitted in aircraft for high altitude flying (specifically: gliders). At least in that application, with those flow rates and regulators, it’s a complete non-issue.

  28. John Lock says:

    CHROMIUM! GEESH!!! NOT AGAIN! Don’t burn aluminum!

  29. Seeker says:

    The Flying Spaghetti Monster would wipe a tear from his eye with one of his noodley appendages.

  30. medwardl says:

    I’m surprised they didn’t need a welding mask to look at it.

  31. octel says:

    Meanwhile, millions of people all over the world are starving and dying.

  32. MYX says:

    Somehow, I do not think it is drunkenness, I think it might be a little more chemical.

  33. Putz says:

    So if this was ANY good they would be cutting into a safe with it. Not a stupid chair.

  34. bob says:

    @octel: Meanwhile, meanwhile, you’re posting useless, negative and irrelevant messages on the internet.

  35. spait says:

    @octel: give a man some spaghetti, he eats for a day. teach him to harness the incredible POWER of spaghetti, and he can build a McDonald’s.

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