And by “fix” we mean “reduce to a smoking hole and a puddle of molten metal.” Thermite is a mixture of powdered aluminum and a metallic oxide like iron oxide (rust) or copper oxide. Igniting the powder at about 1,400 degrees F triggers an aluminothermic reaction in which the oxygen that’s bound to the iron oxidizes the aluminum dust. The result: pure iron, aluminum oxide, and a ridiculous amount of heat, topping out around 4,500 degrees F.
There’s very little thermite won’t melt or burn through. And while there are productive industrial uses of the reaction like welding train rails, let’s face it: this is Break S#!$ Week! We’re more interested in applications like melting through an engine block or burning under water. It’s a pyromaniac’s dream substance.
Not that we recommend you doing so — we don’t — but you can buy Thermate from places like Amazingrust.com or UnitedNuclear.com for about $40/kilo. Why not buy it? Besides the fact you’ll probably burn your house down or accidentally kill yourself, you’ll likely end up on every government watch list there is.