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Safety of heating metals


I would like to know if it is safe to heat up a penny so that you can have it hot enough to stick to another penny. ( and also hot enough to bend ).

Thank you,

Morgan Isaacs
- Venice, Florida


It's not going to explode if that's what you are asking, but of course you might burn yourself. As for fumes, do it outside if you don't have an exhaust fan on your stove that you really trust to get the fumes out of the house.

Ted Mooney, Teds signature
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Pine Beach, New Jersey


Morgan, zinc melts at about 786 F, so I'd certainly stay below that. Otherwise, I'd recommend that you heat it in a well ventilated area, and have fun!

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Lee Gearhart

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