• Question: Is it possible to melt a wooden log?

    Asked by n3rdy to Gopal, Becky on 28 Jun 2013.
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      Rebecca Cook answered on 28 Jun 2013:

      Interesting question, when you add heat to a log normally there is oxygen present so the wood will react with this and oxidise and thus destroy the wood in this process.

      If you tried this in a vacuum, the heating process would probably result in charcoal as I don’t we have invented anything that could get to the temperatures needed to melt charcoal.