Is It Possible to Melt Wood in a Vacuum Chamber? The Wood Distillation Experiment


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  • GetSpooped
    GetSpooped  2 days back

    It wood make would ingots

    • Crazy Ninja668
      Crazy Ninja668  5 days back

      I say no

      • samar malik
        samar malik  1 weeks back

        A big thank you to you sir for the info & the experiment.
        It makes a point about life.. keep cool & calm!

        • Braylies The Bees Knees

          I love how you totally knew what was gonna happen but you did the experiment anyway

          • Daniel Reinhardt
            Daniel Reinhardt  2 weeks back

            Melting is a physical process that results in a phase transition from solid to liquid. When the temperature is raised to a substance’s melting point, the vibrational energies of the molecules exceed the stabilization energy of the solid-state lattice arrangement, and the molecules break free from the lattice into a less ordered state – the liquid. In order for wood to melt, it must go through this process.

            When a substance undergoes a phase change such as melting, its chemical makeup remains the same. For example, both ice and water are chemically the substance: H2O. However, when heat is added to wood, the wood oxidizes before it would be able to melt. Composed primarily of cellulose, lignin, water, and several other materials, wood contains long-chain organic molecules that decompose into products such as charcoal, water, methanol, and carbon dioxide upon heating. The physical structure of wood is destroyed in the process, and the resulting material cannot return to the original matter. As a result of the chemical, irreversible breakdown of its components, wood does not melt.

            What if you tried melting wood in a vacuum, where there is no oxygen to begin the oxidation process? This clever idea still fails. Although the water and volatile matter would evaporate in the vacuum, the long cellulose fibers in wood would strongly inhibit wood’s transition to the liquid state. Heat might break the carbonyl bonds in cellulose, leaving behind carbon in charcoal form or carbon dioxide.

            In theory, it may be possible to melt wood by one alternative means. At standard temperature and pressure, the melting point of carbon is 3500oC. If this could be lowered to a temperature that could be attained experimentally, the wood might be able to melt. Although facilities capable of creating such conditions exist, there is no published literature that has tested this hypothesis. Thus, until science indicates that it is possible, the answer to the question, “can we melt a wooden log?” will remain a no.

            • Daniel Reinhardt
              Daniel Reinhardt  2 weeks back


          • ashish dhavalikar
            ashish dhavalikar  2 weeks back

            Can u melt rock.. specifically granite rock...?

          • Sai darshan Nayak
            Sai darshan Nayak  2 weeks back

            A camera video in vacuum chamber

            • Shart Bake
              Shart Bake  2 weeks back

              Wood sublimates when heated. The fluid content is not wood fiber. Most fires start by action of smoldering.

              • exoticgamer 1235
                exoticgamer 1235  2 weeks back

                Well yes but actually no

                • Chris T.
                  Chris T.  2 weeks back

                  Hey man,

                  Great video.

                  One thing though.

                  I tried to signup using the link that you mentioned in the video to The Great Courses Plus, but you gave out the wrong link.

                  If you type in The Great Courses Plus website url followed by "theactionlab" it doesn't work and gives a 404.

                  But if you do it followed by "actionlab" (with no "the") then it does work.

                  I can't believe you got your own referral url wrong in your own video lol.

                  I actually really enjoyed the video and am just trying to help you out.

                  Thanks again for another great video!


                  • Greating Again
                    Greating Again  3 weeks back

                    but maybe did not melt because the temprature is not high enough

                    • Vinod Nair
                      Vinod Nair  4 weeks back


                      • Chetan Naik
                        Chetan Naik  4 weeks back

                        Can we fast forward fossil fuel creation with right conditions and biological waste?

                        • Napier 17
                          Napier 17  1 months back

                          Where u bought that laser pointer?

                          • Carl Adams
                            Carl Adams  1 months back

                            Yes it will melt

                            • Silvally_ GX
                              Silvally_ GX  1 months back

                              No melt

                              • Incendiary Gaming
                                Incendiary Gaming  1 months back

                                Me high asl: can you melt wood in a vacuum chamber

                                • Alphazone
                                  Alphazone  1 months back

                                  Dunno why I keep my breath when he puts on the vacuum😂🤦

                                  • M M islam
                                    M M islam  2 months back

                                    I think manay people don't know how charcoal is made.........😑

                                    • PvZ1 & 2 Gameplay
                                      PvZ1 & 2 Gameplay  2 months back

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                                      • Princess Rainbow swirls
                                        Princess Rainbow swirls  2 months back

                                        No, but you can get a woodpecker and peck the wood to make the pieces smaller! :D (woody woodpecker)

                                        • Matthew Elliot
                                          Matthew Elliot  2 months back

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                                        • WD. Bre
                                          WD. Bre  2 months back

                                          Ok I’m going to sleep now

                                          Me at 2 am: can you melt wood?

                                          • Mr Magnétoscope
                                            Mr Magnétoscope  2 months back

                                            If you heat wood like really really hot, would the wood's ash melt?

                                            • Aussie S
                                              Aussie S  2 months back

                                              7:50 you're welcome

                                              • Rasmus L
                                                Rasmus L  2 months back

                                                You should buy a small vacuum chanber and lay it inside a vacuum chanber

                                                • Andrew Paxton
                                                  Andrew Paxton  2 months back

                                                  You never set the liquid wood on fire. You said it's "highly flammable", then didn't show us😒

                                                  • Linux Box
                                                    Linux Box  2 months back

                                                    Ice in vacuum.. pls #theactionlab @theactionlan

                                                    • Promaster2018 HOF
                                                      Promaster2018 HOF  2 months back

                                                      You need oxygen to make something like wood burn, the fact that there is smoke in your “vacuum” chamber indicates that you do not have a true vacuum. I seriously doubt that you could produce a true vacuum in your little plexiglass box!

                                                      • Homemade Memes
                                                        Homemade Memes  2 months back

                                                        Why it woodent melt?!?!

                                                        • Homemade Memes
                                                          Homemade Memes  2 months back

                                                          We're all watching at 2019.

                                                          • Jay Kay
                                                            Jay Kay  2 months back

                                                            upcoming videos: Can we freeze fire, can we set Water on fire.

                                                            • Menuka Khadka
                                                              Menuka Khadka  2 months back

                                                              What happens if you put tomatoes in a vacuum chamber?

                                                              • Ahmad Alanazi
                                                                Ahmad Alanazi  2 months back

                                                                Have you ever thought about speaking from your mouth instead of your nose?

                                                                • Jaze Hummingbird
                                                                  Jaze Hummingbird  2 months back

                                                                  Judging by the thumbnail, No

                                                                  • Pacifictrooper Gaming
                                                                    Pacifictrooper Gaming  2 months back

                                                                    You need a much higher temperature for it to melt in a vaccum chamber and the higher temperature would cause it to go past the charred stage and just melt instead of becomeing charred. (My personal theory)

                                                                    • Chris Korol
                                                                      Chris Korol  2 months back

                                                                      Next you should do are ppl really so retarded as to ask “will wood melt?”

                                                                      • TK Mc
                                                                        TK Mc  2 months back


                                                                        • Ultrasonic Sank Dinosaurs

                                                                          read my name

                                                                          • William Lawson
                                                                            William Lawson  3 months back

                                                                            Injection heating in a tube

                                                                            • Strooberry
                                                                              Strooberry  3 months back

                                                                              When you use the vacuum chamber why don’t the walls collapse in itself

                                                                              • cloud
                                                                                cloud  3 months back

                                                                                I know why but it is SUPER vo.plicated to explain, and I'm lazy so I won't. But look it up, you'd actually be really suprised.

                                                                            • Dovahkiin King
                                                                              Dovahkiin King  3 months back

                                                                              The distance between his eyes makes me uncomfortable

                                                                              • Tiago Cabral (Student)
                                                                                Tiago Cabral (Student)  3 months back

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                                                                                • TK Mc
                                                                                  TK Mc  2 months back


                                                                              • Manoj Mohanan
                                                                                Manoj Mohanan  3 months back

                                                                                It. Will. Broke

                                                                                • Manoj Mohanan
                                                                                  Manoj Mohanan  3 months back

                                                                                  Even put cement please

                                                                                  • moh waf
                                                                                    moh waf  3 months back

                                                                                    Everyone else:

                                                                                    Can you melt wood?

                                                                                    Fucking me:

                                                                                    No you cant

                                                                                    • 420KushVapeHitter420
                                                                                      420KushVapeHitter420  3 months back

                                                                                      get real vacuum

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                                                                                        JuneBug JuneBug2  3 months back

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