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What exactly is fire?

Fire is essential and something we often take for granted, but what precisely is it? James May answers this burning question.

Fire is just a particularly vigorous oxidation process, one that you can understand even if you weren’t paying attention in chemistry lessons at school, as indeed James May didn’t.

So what’s need to create a fire, why is a flame pointed in shape, and what is the best way to put one out? May explains all.

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