Super Glue Chemically Reacts with Cotton or Wool to Generate Enough Heat to Start a Fire

Applying Super Glue (cyanoacrylate) to cotton or wool results in a rapid chemical reaction that releases enough heat to cause minor burns, so typically this should be avoided.  However, if enough cyanoacrylate is added to the cotton or wool, the fabric will catch on fire, making this a great trick to keep in mind in survival situations.

Generally, cotton and wool are readily available and cyanoacrylate is always a good thing to have on hand in first aid kits, due to its wound sealing ability.  So if you ever find yourself lost in the woods with nothing but a first aid kit and no other easy means to start a fire, this little trick might help you out.


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  • Just found this out the hard way… -_-

  • Found this out when I got too lazy to pick up a needle and thread and decided to try Krazy Glue to “stitch up” a small hole in a sweatshirt. Luckily, I only used a very small amount, and I actually managed to get the hole closed. I thought it was quite odd when the Krazy Glue came into contact with the cotton from the sweatshirt and started to smoke.

  • Yeah I had a bottle of super glue come into contact with my fleece hoodie. And smoke was plumeing out. Was right in my face, I couldn’t scream the smoke was choking me, and my eyes were burning badly. I don’t ever recommend letting super glue touch anything cotton.

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