Question : Why doesn't wood melt?

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  1. Discovering M March 13, 2009 at 6:13 am Reply

    it does start to melt for a microsecond before it burns.. the melt cycle is too short to be noticed..

  2. A Chrysanthemum by any other name... March 16, 2009 at 6:10 pm Reply

    few theories1. the melting point is higher than the burning point2. not sure whether there is any rule that something as complex as wood should melt – the rule applies to elements and maybe compounds By the way eggs behave in quite the opposite way – they solidify when heated. answer that!

  3. zap March 17, 2009 at 5:07 am Reply

    @ Chrys – Absolutely right.As for eggs turning hard on heating or meat firming up on cooking it happens because the proteins in eggs, meat or the skin on curdled milk (complex substances like in your Point 2) are thermally unstable.

  4. A Chrysanthemum by any other name... March 19, 2009 at 10:27 pm Reply

    i like “thermally unstable” its so vaguely erudite

  5. zap March 20, 2009 at 4:27 am Reply

    We could use the scientific term ‘denatured’ instead, if you prefer it:)

  6. Seema March 20, 2009 at 4:55 am Reply

    Wood doesn’t melt coz it not a meltal… oops metal

  7. zap March 20, 2009 at 7:06 am Reply

    Hahaha

  8. pseudonymph April 27, 2009 at 3:11 am Reply

    Can I get back to you on this?

  9. iz May 12, 2009 at 8:05 am Reply

    Hmmm…as fascinating as the question might be….

  10. zap May 27, 2009 at 4:03 pm Reply

    @iz – 🙂

  11. Diwakar Sinha August 14, 2009 at 1:46 pm Reply

    It used to melt before it found that burning up was more fun.

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