In a previous project I found a free tv and
turned it into a giant solar scorcher. This shoots out a deadly beam of sunlight, that’s
hot enough to abuse food, melt metal and burn things you probably shouldn’t. Today seemed like a good day to play with
my Solar Scorcher. I positioned my frame and found the focal point, then added some concrete
tiles as a base for my projects. Ok, I’ve got power, and I’ll test it out with this
piece of wood and when the light makes contact I’ve got instant fire. The sunlight at this
spot is around 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, enough to melt this spot of concrete into a glowing
orange liquid. I’m curious to see what I can do with all this heat so I’ve filled a glass
bottle with water and I’ll punch a hole in the cap. It’s incredible to see that the instant
I focus my lens on the bottle, it starts smoking. Just a few moments later this water is so
hot it’s boiling, and I’m a little nervous the bottle might blow. Yep, there it goes.
The glass pieces are melting and that’s cool, but now I want to try this on some food. I’ll
get some hot dogs, and when they hit the beam they really do get hot. This might be a little
well done for my taste, and I’m still hungry so let’s try an egg. The egg is actually working
very well. It’s so reflective it doesn’t burn as fast, and even my wife is interested. A
little salt and pepper and it’s tempting to try a bite. Ok, so I wasn’t actually expecting
to eat this, but it looks safe enough, and even my kids are anxious to try. Surprisingly,
it’s pretty good. Alright, let’s see what else this will do. I’ll try burning a penny,
and, wow, it melted. How about a stack of pennies? Yep, they’re nothing but liquid metal
now, and I’m thinking that slag in the mixture must be what’s left of the copper coating.
It’s only taking about 4 seconds to melt these, and melting metal is really great, but now
I want to see something burst. I wonder what would happen to this egg? It’s spewing some
kind of debris and smoking like crazy. I hear some little pops and it’s even forming some
interesting growths. huh, Look at that. But no explosion. How about if I put a pop top
on this bottle of water and let the pressure build up? Yeah, that’s what I’m looking for.
Let’s do that again. The lid is back on, and pressure is building. Awesome! Alright, the
sun is setting and I’ve re-adjusted my A-frame. I’m just wondering if this would ignite gasoline.
It does. Hopefully it goes without saying that this is very dangerous and you shouldn’t
try this at home. Well, I’m convinced there’s an insane amount of power behind these lenses.
If you’d like to see where I got this one, take a look at my video on how I hacked it
out of an old TV. This one boiled water in less than a minute, welded a nickel to concrete,
and instantly torched any piece of wood in it’s way. Well that was fun, but I’m still
hungry so I’ll put everything away and go get some real home cooking. That’s it for
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