Bacon Blowtorch Cuts Metal With Fire

April 17, 2009 12:01 am Published by 2 Comments


Popular Science writer Theodore Gray recently embarked on an experiment of supreme bacon significance. He created a “bacon lance” which is a form of “thermal lance” — a device typically made of iron to cut through scrap metal. This is something you just have to see to believe. Flaming bacon cutting through metal. Awesome.

You’ll notice during the video that Mr. Gray states that “it turns out ordinary American bacon does not have the structural integrity for this application.” He went on to call prosciutto “engineering grade bacon”. I think that just proves that prosciutto is inferior in taste to traditional belly bacon…do you agree? I mean come on, how can “engineering grade” taste good?

So I guess the moral of this story is that if the world’s iron supply is suddenly depleted, and we need to cut a bunch of scrap metal, then bacon will come forth to save the day. Or, we could just eat the bacon and forget about our iron deficiency, and set all that leftover prosciutto aflame.

Thanks to @bareknucks, @erong, and @cinnarose for alerting us to this fantastic story!

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  • Mike Kirsch says:

    That’s a hot story!

  • Tony Burgess says:

    What’s with all the hatin’ on prosciutto? Theo is wrong to call it “engineering grade” bacon, because it’s not bacon, it’s ham. And in my opinion it’s the best ham in the world. So really this doesn’t even belong here. It’s not a bacon blowtorch, it’s a ham blowtorch.

    But anyway, my love for prosciutto does not in any way diminish my profound love of bacon. The world is plenty big enough for both.

    To paraphrase Homer, the pig is a Magikal Animal, and all the wonderful foods it produces are blessed and holy. Only pedants with chips on their shoulders argue or worry about whether bacon or prosciutto is “better.”

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