Calcium carbide - the secret of burning ice How to make ice burn Burning ice? Really? Let’s talk about it. Safety precautions Do not try this at home! Perform this experiment only under professional supervision Equipment and reagents ice; calcium carbide; glass bowl; burner. Step-by-step instructions Pour some ice into a glass bowl. Add some calcium carbide. Wait a while. Hold a burner to the ice. The ice will ignite! Process description Calcium carbide reacts with water to produce flammable acetylene gas. СaС₂ + 2H₂O = Ca(OH)₂ + C₂H₂↑ Acetylene is a chemical compound that forms as a colorless and highly flammable gas. Once lit, it easily burns on the surface of the ice. You know what else is “fiery”? Sets from the MEL Chemistry subscription! Use them to perform a wide variety of cool and safe experiments!