Burning Salt

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Does anyone know of a list I can check to see what salts burn diffrent colors???
 

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xJuggleboy said:
Does anyone know of a list I can check to see what salts burn diffrent colors???
when you mean salts, you mean ions yes?

In general, i find the ones you need to know are:

metal
flame colour

barium
light green

calcium
brick red

copper
blue/green

lead
blue/white

potassium
lilac

sodium
bright orange

Im not sure if you asked this, but if it is, i hope it helps.
 
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when you mean salts, you mean ions yes?
Im not really sure wha tI mean... I was told that if you put diffrent kinds of salt in a fire they would burn diffrent colors... I was thinking of making some cool fire effects in a camp fire. ISo I need to know what burns what color :confused:
 
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what about cations?
 
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Im not really sure wha tI mean... I was told that if you put diffrent kinds of salt in a fire they would burn diffrent colors... I was thinking of making some cool fire effects in a camp fire. ISo I need to know what burns what color :confused:
Salts are made up of a metal and the other bit. For example table salt is Sodium Chloride.
Sodium is a metal, it's only the metal that effects the color, giving the colors in the list above.
 
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Also note that in most cases these salts don't burn - they just give color to flame.
 

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