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How to Fire Walk on Hot Coals

Think you're hot stuff? Kick off your shoes--and socks--and learn the steps for walking on hot coals.


  • Step 1: Stand in front of the bed, and remember the physics behind the stunt: both ash-covered coals and the soles of your feet are poor heat conductors. Then, walk across quickly -- the amount of time your feet are on the coals should be too brief to allow a dangerous level of heat to transfer. Step lightly to prevent any embers from attaching to your skin.
  • TIP: Don't run over the coals -- you're more likely to dig your feet into the hot bed.
  • Step 2: Congratulations! When you finish celebrating, drown the coals with cold water until they no longer hiss. Then go tell everyone you know that you're hot to trot.
  • FACT: The earliest written records of fire walks date back to 1,200 B.C.E.
  • : Wear shorts or roll up your pants, and remove any nail polish the day before you plan to walk.
  • Step 3: Once the logs have burned to red-hot embers, rake them out to form a relatively even bed of coals. Take the temperature -- when it reaches 1,000 degrees or less, you're ready to walk.
  • Step 4: Find a sandy or rocky area away from flammable material, and lay firewood in two parallel lines about 10 feet long and 18 inches apart. Lay another line of logs on top perpendicular, so the pile resembles a railroad track. Continue adding logs, alternating the angles, until your pile is about 3 feet high.
  • TIP: Make sure you acquire any necessary permits before building a fire outdoors.
  • Step 5: Place balled up newspaper in the spaces between the logs and douse it with lighter fluid. Ignite the logs, stand back, and wait at least one hour while the logs to burn.
  • : Do not try this at home. Only attempt under the supervision of someone with considerable experience coordinating stunts.

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