Send steel up in flames—as long as it's in wool form
By Theodore Gray
Posted 10.18.2007 at 2:00 am 7 Comments
by Mike Walker:Hot Steel: Set a steel-wool pad ablaze using an ordinary match. Mike Walker
I was 10 years old, but I'll never forget that day: The smell of bread in the oven. The crunchy grit of steel wool in my fingers. The fact that my mom still left matches out where I could find them. That's when I learned that, yes, you can light steel with a match.
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