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Heating liquid using wire coils

  1. Feb 2, 2013 #1
    I'm trying to make ferrofluid according to this guide:
    http://www.sci-spot.com/Chemistry/liqimag.htm
    and in step 5 I need to heat the solution to near boiling but I don't have access to a bunsen burner or heating plate. Also I can't do this in the kitchen because this heating is to remove ammonia gas.

    My question is can I heat a liquid to 100-110 degrees Celcius by wrapping a nichrome/constantan wire around a beaker and sending a current through it? Is there a better way to boil this liquid?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. Feb 3, 2013 #2

    NascentOxygen

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    Maybe you still buy small camping stoves from camping stores? They are just a small folding frame, and you break off a piece of of solid fuel and put a piece in the middle of the frame and lit it. Place it on some concrete outdoors and heat your liquid over it. Rather than heat the beaker directly, sit it in a saucepan of water and heat it to near boiling that way. https://www.google.com/search?q=solid+fuel+for+camping

    The solid fuel is harmless to handle, it's white, and lights when you touch a match to it.
     
  4. Feb 3, 2013 #3
    But will it provide enough heat though?
     
  5. Feb 3, 2013 #4

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    It boils a saucepan of water. I expect you can keep throwing in more fuel if you need prolonged boiling.
     
  6. Feb 4, 2013 #5
    ok thanks. gonna try that.
     
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