Why does oil burn so well?



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    If you get two answers to this, I apologize. My browser went a little haywire on me.

    Essentially, oil contains a lot of different compounds that are later refined out of it, such as gasoline, kerosene, liquified petroleum gas. These compounds are all fairly flammable, and most of them easily vaporize.

    As you may recall from science class, three things are needed for fire: ignition (spark), fuel, and oxygen. Because these constituents vaporize easily, a spark is all that is needed, and there is plenty of oxygen in a vapor to catalyze the burn.


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