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Fat-pan fire!

Description

The context of a fat-pan (chip-pan) catching fire is used to demonstrate the conditions required to start combustion, and how to put such a fire out safely.

Type of Activity

:
demonstration

Audience

:
Teacher

Age Group

:
11 to 16 years

Credits

:
This is an experiment from the Practical Chemistry project, developed by the Nuffield Foundation and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
fat-pan-fire



Apparatus Chemicals

The teacher will require:

Face shield

Heat-resistant gloves

Crucible (25 mm diameter), nickel or steel
 (Note 1)

Pipeclay triangle to support crucible (Note 1)

Tripod

Bunsen burner

Heat resistant mats (Note 2)

Safety screens (Note 3)

A small square of hardboard or aluminium

Test-tube, fixed securely to end of 1 metre pole (Note 4)

The class will require:

Eye protection

Cooking oil, 3 cm3 per demonstration

Refer to Health & Safety and Technical notes section below for additional information.

 

 






West Sussex fire and rescue service – kitchen safety


The context of a fat-pan (chip-pan) catching fire is used to demonstrate the conditions required to start combustion, and how to put such a fire out safely.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This is a resource from the Practical Chemistry project, developed by the Nuffield Foundation and the Royal Society of Chemistry. This collection of over 200 practical activities demonstrates a wide range of chemical concepts and processes. Each activity contains comprehensive information for teachers and technicians, including full technical notes and step-by-step procedures. Practical Chemistry activities accompany Practical Physics and Practical Biology.

The experiment is also part of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Continuing Professional Development course: Chemistry for non-specialists