Flame Throwers Lame? Make A Thermite Launcher

ColinFurze is a bit of a mad scientist/mechanic. He has built some rather interesting devices in his workshop. You may recall his wrist mounted flamethrowers. Click here to check that out.

Well now he has been asked to make a thermite launcher.

First up he needed to make thermite and come up with a shell design to could be launched.


Next up he built the launching device. He uses compressed air and a push rod to push the thermite shell out of the barrel.



And here is the final video showing off how he can throw thermite.

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


  • iksnilol

    Pretty smart using the rod to throw the thermite. I have a feeling using compressed air directly on the shell would end somewhat badly.

  • Major Fret

    Launched Thermite you say?

    • SP mclaughlin

      Some serious drywall work coming up

    • MrFN

      The culmination of Ash and Thermite havin a kid. Am I putting too much thought into this?

      • Major Fret

        Only if you start drawing some Rule 34 about it.

  • PK

    “Make A Thermite Launcher”

    Please, do not actually do this. Goldschmidt reactions are much faster than people think, incredibly dangerous, and have cost people their homes, started many forest fires, and cost quite a few lives. Unless you know what you are doing, and the fellow in the video is quite questionable on that point, do not “play” with thermite or any other Goldschmidt reaction.

    Experimenting is one thing, creating a projector is entirely another.

  • William Nelson

    I daresay that Colin’s adult neighbors hate him while the neighborhood kids love him.

  • Roy G Bunting

    Fragmentation radius: 20meters.
    Range: 19 meters.

    Nope, would not fire. Much like that gasoline “flamethrower” it’s range is too likely to get the shooter hurt.

    Also, safety gear (goggles, gloves, welding coat) would have been a good idea. Fun is fun, but this isn’t his best work.

    • iksnilol

      Hmmm…. what about a slingshot with a kevlar pouch.

      Would be cheaper and might launch at longer distances.

      Besides, you can run backwards while firing :p

  • Andrey Martim

    “Available in Fallout 4’s next DLC”

    • crackedlenses

      I was thinking The Order 1886 actually.

      • iksnilol

        Lightning gun! 😀

    • Great_Baldung

      … I’d buy that

  • zaqzilla

    Dude should really be wearing safety glasses when operating that lathe. A sliver of metal in your eye will really ruin your day.

    • PK

      He seems to disregard safety practices of all kinds with a teenager’s conviction of his own immortality.

    • Gary Kirk

      Been there, done that.. Took a laser and needle to remove the piece.. And was wearing glasses.. Thankfully I still have both eyes

  • Matt

    I’m actually surprised that the British government hasn’t labeled this guy a danger to himself and the general public…you would think the stuff that he does would scare the piss out of the authorities.

  • Brett

    He is my hero!

  • Gary Kirk

    This guy seems like one of those people that “know” what they’re doing, but you hear about on the news eventually.. Like the bear whispered guy awhile back, that wound up getting himself and his girlfriend eaten in Alaska

    • Gary Kirk

      I foresee a tannerite lawnmower style video in his future…

  • Klaus Von Schmitto

    Furze is incredible. His pulse jet experiments are the best. Mad as hatter but the guy you want in your compound after the apocolypse.

  • Ryfyle

    I do love me some fabrication Videos.

  • Mack C

    And the elite scum are worried about our AR’s? LOL…

  • uisconfruzed

    OK, that nut job’s entertaining.