Can You Burn Water?

Can you burn water?: Because it has previously undergone combustion, water doesn’t burn. Hydrogen and oxygen, two substances that support combustion, react to produce water. When these two substances come together, a significant amount of energy is released in the form of heat and light. Due to the fact that it has previously experienced combustion, water cannot catch fire.

In our daily lives, there are some things that are so pervasive that practically everyone is aware of them.

For instance, everyone is aware that water extinguishes fire, that anything that rises must inevitably fall (gravity, duh!) and that you are dubbed a “astronaut” after you soar more than 50 miles beyond the surface of the Earth. Okay, so perhaps not everyone is aware of the most recent.

But let’s focus on the first. Have you ever considered why it is true that water is a conveniently available liquid that does not burn and thus extinguishes fire?

Atoms of oxygen and hydrogen, which make up water, both support burning. So, by ordinary (and non-scientific) logic, water ought surely burn as well, right? But that doesn’t take place.

How come water doesn’t burn?

The short explanation is that when hydrogen is burned, water is created. In plain English, burning hydrogen produces water. Water therefore doesn’t burn because it has already burned in a sense.

When do things catch fire?

Two molecules and atoms join during the chemical reaction known as burning to release energy in the form of heat and light. An oxidizer (oxygen gas is the main oxidizer in Earth’s atmosphere) and a fuel (such as a piece of paper, a log of wood, etc.) are fundamentally required for anything to burn. Heat (ignition temperature) is a further requirement for starting the combustion process.

Think about the burning of a piece of paper as an illustration. In such situation, paper serves as the fuel, gaseous oxygen serves as the oxidizer, and heat is produced by lighting and burning a match.

The composition of water: chemically

Two hydrogen and one oxygen atoms combine to form water. H2O is its chemical composition.

water formula (H2O)

What’s fascinating to note is that both of water’s components are actually combustible.

Why does hydrogen gas ignite easily?

Since a hydrogen atom only has one electron, it can mix with other elements easily to create new compounds. In nature, hydrogen typically manifests as gas, which is made up of two hydrogen atoms that are covalently bound to one another.

However, the gas is very combustible because it oxidises quickly in the presence of an oxidant and is particularly reactive due to the weak hydrogen-hydrogen bond.

Rocket launches utilise liquid hydrogen as fuel.

Because it burns with a lot of energy, liquid hydrogen is used as a fuel to launch spacecraft beyond the atmosphere of the planet.

Burning is supported by oxygen.

Any sort of burning requires an oxidizer, as was already mentioned. In chemistry, there are several oxidising substances, such as oxygen, ozone, hydrogen peroxide, fluorine, and others.

Since there is a lot of gaseous oxygen in the atmosphere of the Earth, it frequently serves as the main oxidizer for most fires. This is why a fire needs a steady flow of oxygen to remain active.

Water Fire extinguisher

Despite being made up of two elements that are more than willing to take part in blazing infernos, water doesn’t catch fire itself, which is one of the many reasons why it makes a great fire extinguisher.

The most popular fire extinguisher is water.

This is due to water that has previously burned.

Let me go into more detail. As we previously discussed, hydrogen gas is extremely flammable. It only need an oxidant to begin burning. The most prevalent oxidant on Earth, oxygen, quickly reacts with hydrogen atoms to “start fire,” if you will. And water is the byproduct of that “fire.”

This is what occurs:

It should be noted that such a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen is quite hazardous since it releases a lot of energy in the form of heat and light. Actually, this violent reaction led to the New Jersey-based Hindenburg tragedy in 1937, which resulted in the deaths of scores of people. The main barrier to chemically producing water in a lab is this.

In a nutshell, burning paper results in ashes, but burning hydrogen atoms results in water. You cannot burn water in the same way that you cannot burn ashes because they have all burned out.