There Can Be Only One: 44-Pound Red Hot Cylinder Versus A Frozen Lake

January 25, 2017


This is a video of the guy behind the Hydraulic Press Youtube channel branching out with a new channel called Beyond The Press, where he's joined by a lady friend to find out whether a 20kg (~44 pound) red-hot steel cylinder will melt through a foot of ice on a frozen lake. SPOILER: yes, but just barely. It doesn't actually fall all the way through on its own, he pokes it a couple times before it eventually falls to the bottom of the lake just a few feet below. But perhaps even more importantly: that's not what I expected the Hydraulic Press guy to look like having only heard his voice prior. It just goes to show, you can never judge a book by its cover. Unless of course that book has cover art of a shirtless hunk on horseback with a women in flimsy negligee draped across his lap, in which case you know that shit's gonna be RED HOT. Draw a bath and light my aromatherapy candles around the tub for me, will you?

Keep going for the video while I take a screencap of these two lovebirds and print it out to add to my wall collage of relationship goals.

Thanks to Ian, who informed me he's only going to make ice fishing holes this way from now on.


    I thought that Autistic guy that did the news didnt have a girlfriend

  • GeneralDisorder

    I would have put a chain on the steel rather than mucking about with some crappy hook.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    Then the chain would have been untouchable by hand because of the heat transfer. You'd be left with using the hook again, but now the red hot reservoir is dangling from a chain. Hardly a better position... worse even!

  • GeneralDisorder

    You wouldn't heat the whole chain. If you did there would be no point of having a chain on the steel in the first place. You leave enough chain out of the forge so it gets cooled by convection. You also lay the chain across the ice (or on top of that board, maybe even wrapped around the board).

  • Frédéric Purenne

    I would have to see it to believe you can make that thing red hot without the chain being touchable... maybe with mitten gloves.

  • GeneralDisorder

    You know what a chain is right? You know you can get whatever length you want? The fact that the links aren't the same piece of metal would help reduce heat transfer. Sure, some of the links are going to get hot but it just won't go the whole distance. Especially if the metal chain is outside the forge lying in snow.

    Have you ever heated up a paper clip? You can get the one end to glow red while holding the other end.

    Have you ever seen a wood stove with one of those spiral metal handles? It's metal. It's touching the firebox. It's usually cool enough you can grab it to open the door and toss more wood in.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    Maybe you're right, but I have a REAL big caveat with what you said. Nevermind the chain.

    Paper clip : never seen that, cool.

    Woodstove with spiral thingy : WHHHAAAAAAAAT? Those spiral thing do NOTHING! We always have to open that with the iron hook at my cottage. Pour the stove pack full of wood and bring your stove to a nice blackist red color and then try to touch that thing, I DARE ya.

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  • Étienne Pelletier

    Good luck finding under educated people on geekologie, we are all educated as fuck here. am I right guys?

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  • Jenness

    I felt the same way.

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