The Burning Of The Fire Essay

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Fire needs three different elements to keep a constant flame (Everyday Chemistry). Those three things are fuel, oxygen, and heat. In order to put out a fueled flame you have to remove one of the three things fueling the fire. The most common one people try to take away is the oxygen of the fire. Also, if you provide carbon dioxide to your flame, it will not be able to burn because carbon dioxide does not support combustion. That is why carbon dioxide extinguishers are so popular. When you add Sodium Bicarbonate, which is baking soda, you are causing a reaction to occur. This reaction causes the production of carbon dioxide and reducing the oxygen of the fire. It is also producing small amounts of water, which is also an extinguisher of fire (Everyday Chemistry).

“… Fire comes from a chemical reaction between oxygen in the atmosphere and some sort of fuel (Harris).” That fuel could be lighter fluid, gas, or wood. When making a fire we already know we need fuel, oxygen, and heat. Most of the time in a controlled experiment your fuel and oxygen have already been provided, but the one thing missing would be our heat. Different elements are heated to different temperatures to burn. For instance, wood has to reach close to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Once you have attained a flame or smoke your element begins to slowly decompose in two different ways. One way it is decomposed into the form of smoke, which is hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen. The rest of the decomposed…

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