Lighting Matches in a Microwave is Weird

Lighting Matches in a Microwave is Weird


In today’s video,
we’re going to learn what happens if you put
lit matches into a microwave. [Music] YouTube user Oleg Bolshagin, I’m sure I’m saying that wrong, and I apologize, says, “Hey Grand, try to put
matches in the microwave, then set them on firem
and start the microwave! Something cool is
going to happened.” We’ve got matches
and we’ve got a microwave. I’ve actually seen
footage of this before, and I’ve been curious
if it’s real. Guys, you’ve seen this put
Orbeez in this microwave, and we think we can probably do
some more exciting stuff now. The reason that we’re
using this microwave, if you remember
from our previous video, we’ve actually drilled a hole
into the back of it, so that we can actually film what’s happening inside
the microwave without worrying about trying to go
through the mesh in the front. While the microwave is running, we’ll either have a phone
or a metal plate blocking up both of these holes. So we shouldn’t be in any danger of being exposed
to the microwave radiation. Testing this is pretty simple. We’ve got matches. We’ve got a working microwave,
and as far as we can tell, that’s all we should need
to get a good result. Small piece of dowel with a hole drilled into it
holds our match just fine. Doesn’t take up
a whole lot of space or volume that should
absorb extra microwave. So I think
that should work alright. Wood can heat up
in the microwave on its own, but it doesn’t do so quickly. So I’m not too worried about this bursting
into flames or anything. [Music] We don’t need that. We don’t need that. We need this. [Music] Well, we killed it. Did the match go out? It did. It– We just blew up the match. All right. Let’s– Let’s do the same thing, and maybe just let the match
burn a little bit more. [Music] This is interesting though. Regular burnt match.>>And a microwaved–
>>Oh, yeah, so it like turned
all white at the top. Well, switch out
the match and try again. [Music] I’ll let it burn
a little bit more. Give it a little bit more flame. Let it really grab
onto the wood. Let it grow. Let it grow. [Music]>>Yeah!
>>Oh! That’s… And you can smell it.>>Whoa, it smells like ozone.
>>Kind of like an ozone smell. Yeah. We got an ozone smell
out of that. All right, let’s try this again. Filming the ceiling
of the microwave this time. Yeah, we’re going
to actually see if we can see what’s going on up there
that’s lighting up everything. [Music] Whoa! Whoa! Holy cow. There’s like a traveling ball
of fire and light up there. Alright, let’s open
the microwave. Yeah. Did you see it on your side? Yeah. It was like a little
ghost ball running around. Yeah, this little glowing, fuzzy ball up
into the ceiling. Just like, traveling around. Guys, I just figured out how to fake so much
paranormal video footage. This is going to be great.>>Let’s do it again.
>>Let’s do it again. [Music] Nice. [Music] Okay, that one’s just
chillin up there. We’re getting a lot out of that. Took a while. That one made that really hot. We let that one actually stay
there for a minute. Oh, yeah, and some
of the stuff was just chilling at the top of it. The top is made of metal. So it does pick up
heat pretty well, and that time, one of the little
plasma balls just sort of stayed in place in one spot, and I think
that definitely heated it up. I’m a little curious if this works with other
things in the match. Still fire, but not like
specifically a match. I want to try a little glass bowl
with some rubbing alcohol in it. Okay. Let’s see if that’ll work. All right, let’s do it. This bowl has just a little bit
of 70% isopropyl alcohol in it. We’re just going to light that, set it in the microwave,
turn the microwave on. [Music] That’s on fire. You don’t see it a whole lot because isopropyl alcohol
does not burn super bright. [Music] It’s getting brighter. Wow. Wait, will this explode? I’m just worried about heating up the inside
of the microwave too much. That is producing
quite a bit more flame. So here, we’re gonna try
one more thing here. Just put that out. All right. Now, we’ve just got a few drips. It’s not even covering
the whole bottom of this. [Music] I think it went out. It did.. Well, I don’t know what’s so special
about match fires. But those are working well. Maybe they’re just
the right size. Maybe they’re more consistent. But the alcohol flame in the bowl was kind of
moving around a bit more. This is sustaining itself. We’re getting a
really good consistent in the same spot flame, and I think, maybe that’s part
of the important part. Well, this is
definitely working. We’re definitely getting
the plasma shooting off of the match, and it’s looking really cool
on the inside of the microwave. But there’s another aspect of it
that we want to try as well. We want to actually
capture that plasma. What we’re going to do
is we’re going to try putting a glass jar
over the match, and see if we can contain it down low, instead of having to go up and
hit the top of the microwave. So this has one more
added element of just something we need
to be careful about. The jar is obviously gonna let
all the oxygen burn up. If we just set it over a match,
then the match will go out. So we’ll have to pretty quickly,
I’m not super worried about it. I don’t think it
will burn up that fast, but we’ll just have to put
the match in, put the jar over, and start it pretty quickly. Should be easy enough. [Music] That was amazing. That seemed to work great. That plasma is seeming
to get really really hot. And if it just suddenly heats up
the top of the glass too much, the glass jar is almost
certainly just going to break. We don’t necessarily
want to do that. Maybe. Maybe we do. [Music] Plasma! What is happening in
our microwave with the matches? So fire is technically plasma. The microwave radiation
is allowing us to excite that energy, and create that little blue ball
that you are seeing. I’m just giving you
a demonstration of a plasma. Plasma, sort of. This is energy. It has a lot of energy. It’s putting off energy, and the microwave
adds more to it. So instead of putting off
this little bit of energy, it suddenly is putting
off a lot of energy. Now, the reason that we’re doing this is
because it’s really hard to create plasma on its own
in these conditions. When we take pre-ignited plasma, we can excite it
with our microwave, and we can actually make
it look a lot cooler. In theory, it’s possible
to take a microwave, and just create plasma in it, but it would take a much
more powerful microwave. These machines that you can get commercially aren’t going
to have that much power, and thank goodness, or you’d never successfully
cook your food. It would just
destroy everything, and make a lot
of plasma out of it. And destroy your house
and life and… Good chance. How hot is that plasma
getting in there? So that plasma can get up
to thousands of degrees, which is why we are taking it
out of the microwave so quickly, and we keep turning it off, because this glass jar can’t
handle that amount of heat. At least not for long. We’ve seen that it can hold it
for a couple of seconds, but I think, maybe we should even
just put in the test, leave it in there? See what the plasma does to it. Yes. Let’s give it a shot. [Music] Yes. Yes. Yes. [Music] Oh, no. It’s hot. Don’t want to leave my hand on
it for more than half a second. [Music] Oh, there it goes again. That jar is just too thick. We can try it one more time. It’s a good one. It’s a good one. Oh, it’s out again. [Music] Oh, but it’s so pretty. There it is. Successfully broke the glass. 10 seconds? 14 before I got it turned off. [Music] Started. Yes. Yes. Yes. Come on, little buddy. Oxygen versus
microwaves fighting. [Music] Yes. [Music] Holy cow. Oh, I think
our microwave just died. I think we killed it. We successfully shorted
out the microwave. It doesn’t like it
when you make too much plasma. Weird. I’d say this is
definitely a real thing. We got the plasma to work. It did take some trial and error
of where exactly put the match, what kind of glass container
could go over it, but we got plasma. Not only got plasma, we were able to contain it
for an extended amount of time. While that’s only a few seconds,
it’s still really cool to see. Yeah. We broke one jar. We tried using
a different jar, a mason jar, and we think it was
definitely thicker, and held up to the heat
a little bit better. It’s still very warm. Yeah. Even though the microwaves
are bouncing around, we think that it wasn’t in
direct line of fire to excite the plasma quite enough. So it was causing some problems. Yeah, the jar we successfully
broke was shorter. So we think that it was holding the plasma
lower down in a better position. It definitely works guys. Matches in a microwave. It may be something you
want to talk to your parents before you try it at home. Because we were really heating
up the roof of the microwave as we did this. And we shorted it out. Yeah, we that,
we flipped the breaker, and we had to turn that back on. So this is something
you have to be aware of if you’re trying this at home. The microwave does still work. Oh yeah. I don’t think we broke it. We’re definitely going
to do worse things to this. Sure. That makes sense. [Music] It’s not going to explode first. Whoa! [Music] Oh, that made me so happy. And… [Music] There we go. I got it. I got it. I got it. I got this. Don’t worry guys. I got this. Don’t do this at home. Guys, that’s not all, we’ve always got more
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100 thoughts on “Lighting Matches in a Microwave is Weird

  1. When I was 10 I melted my skin off my hand playing with fire i still have a scar from it. It's scarring 😆

  2. So the alcohol was too volatile because of the large area of the bowl?

    Maybe putting it in a flask or narrow-mouthed beaker would work better.

  3. Beautiful experiment.. Calli incredible… I think she was doing something with a microwave or something…. Calli would you marry meeeeeeee!!!

  4. Please put two grapes that are the same size exactly next to each other and make them touch each other it creates plasma

  5. Age-restricted video (based on Community Guidelines)
    Guess YouTube doesn't want to excite kids to blowing up their houses intentionally.

  6. This Video should be Titled :

    " How to Break all Your Glass with Matchsticks "

  7. Try to capture the plasma with the jar set on some blocks so that the match can continue to be supplied oxygen.

  8. There’s no oxygen to give the fire so it goes out. (At the beginning of the video don’t know if they talk about that?)

  9. my brother put a plastic bootle of maple syrup in the microwave it had part of the metal seal left and it lit on fire in the microwave.

  10. We can try one more time… uses another cup just to see the glass brake 😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑

  11. question: can you make a microwave that is small enough to be clear and then make said microwave into a jar thing that you can then make the plasma happen in so we can see it and it would be like a light and it would be really neat uwu??? 😀 also use a electric match so you get constant flame and therefor constant plasma?! uwu?! 😀 <3

  12. I would love for you guys to drill a hole onto the microwave and stick a blow torch in there to supply flammable gas (and of coarse light it).

  13. Calli: "Oh but it's so pretty!" Plasma: "YOU THINK IM PRETTY?!!? I'LL SHOW YOU PRETTY!!!!" then the glass container just gives up on life.

  14. so it has nothing to do with the flame, it has to do with the carbon the flame is producing. you can do this same experiment with a lit cigarette, it will last much longer because the cig will go out less fast.

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