A Solution In Search Of A Problem: How Can I Turbocharge My Barbeque?
Who among us has not wondered aloud how we might turbocharge our barbeque? Let he who has not overfired the grill cast the first briquet. We’ve all tried swapping out a propane tank for a hardpiped natural gas line to get a few more BTUs out of Old Betsy. Then we got a larger diameter copper pipe and drilled out the nozzles. But something was always missing, besides our eyebrows.
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This one has finally inspired me to create, and submit for your approval, an Official Borderline Sociopathic Boy Award©, to be bestowed on those who don’t just flirt with Darwin, they spit in his eye, date his sister, and buy him drinks on Fridays.
Oh, no, this was done and done at Purdue ages ago. Forget supercharging. Why go with that lame 21% oxygen when you can use liquid O2 and get the full 100%. Here’s Prof. George H. Gobel, the originator of this technique:
From the Wikipedia entry on the man: “In 1996, Goble was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for preparing a barbecue for cooking in less than 5 seconds by the use of a smoldering cigarette, charcoal and LOX (liquid oxygen). This act attracted the attention of the West Lafayette, Indiana fire department, which warned him to never let them catch him in the possession of LOX near a barbecue fire ever again.”
For those of you tempted to try this, as per http://www.bkinzel.de/misc/ghg/ :
“WARNING: an ignition source, such as a lit cigarette or one glowing coal, must be present before pouring on the LOX. If charcoal is PRESOAKED in LOX first, an explosion will result. One briquette presoaked in LOX is approx equiv to 1 stick of dynamite.”
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