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How To Make Ice Without Electricity From Water and Fertilizer

Submitted by on February 7, 2012 – 8:02 pm 31 Comments
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I have a confession to make.

I am now officially addicted to Jericho.

Some friends of ours let us borrow their Jericho: The First Season DVDs, and Jerry and I could NOT stop watching. Seriously, we had a five hour movie marathon over the weekend, both of us completely enthralled into the wee morning hours.

FIVE HOURS STRAIGHT people! That’s more tv than I normally watch in a month!

It’s a good thing we only had the first two discs, or it would have been bad for everyone.

Something I saw them do in one of the episodes especially peaked my curiosity… a man was dying with a horrible fever, there was no electricity so they had no ice; a teacher remembered a science experiment which created ice from water and fertilizer, and was able to create a block of ice in time to cool the man off.

That’s awesome! I thought out loud. I wonder if that would really work?

After doing some digging, I found the instructions. Now, keep in mind that I have not tried this yet, so I can’t vouch for its credibility… but it’d be cool to try.

Here’s how it’s done

You’ll need:

  • water
  • Ammonium Nitrate (a fertilizer made up of a 50/50 mixture of ammonium and nitrate; found at farm and garden stores)
  • a bucket or large bowl
  • a smaller metal bowl (small enough to fit inside the other container)

Directions:

Mix equal parts water and fertilizer in a bucket or a large bowl, till dissolved. Next, carefully place the smaller metal bowl half filled with water in the bucket. (Note: it must be a metal bowl, plastic will not work.) The bowl of water will freeze, though it takes several hours from what I’ve read.

If this works, not only would it be an awesome science project for the kiddos, but would also be a potential life saver if you were ever in a situation where you’d lost power and desperately needed to cool something/someone off.

I’m totally putting this on my list of things to try!

So, what do you think? Would it work, or am I too gullible? I’d love to know if any of you have ever tried this before!

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