A lot of us have been warned in our lives to not put metal in the microwave at least once in our lives. But putting micron steel wool in a microwave looks like something you might seen in a scifi movie. There’s a great deal of scientific jargon and explanation that goes into this but the gist is that putting metal into a microwave is more or less safe depending on the shape of the metal being placed into the device. There are various items you wouldn’t want to put into the microwave such as CD’s and steel wool. It has more to do with the form of the metal and how it will react to the bombardment of electromagnetic waves that are being used by the machine, not so much the metal. It’s advised not to put anything with sharp edges into the microwave.
This doesn’t mean to go nuts and just try experimenting with every bit of metal you can find to discover just what reacts and what doesn’t. If you are the pioneering sort however that just can’t let the mystery lie, nothing wrong with it, then you might want to insure that you have all the necessary safety measures and a ready supply of microwaves on hand and ready to go. It’s something that is definitely interesting to discover but it’s also something you don’t want to be playing around with unless you have a good idea of what you’re doing. This isn’t something you need a degree from MIT to understand but it is advised that you seek out the advice of a trained professional and/or researcher that has possibly done something like this before really going full bore with it. This is is an interesting effect after all and watching something light up like a tiny Christmas tree inside the microwave is bound to hold a lot of people spellbound simply for the effect.
However interesting it might be however it’s always necessary to take caution with such things since anything and everything could happen when experimenting with possibly dangerous items that are being bombarded by this type of radiation. The fear that’s instilled in many people when it comes to putting things in the microwave is largely unfounded, but it’s still something to consider when attempting to find out what happens to various substances and objects. For instance don’t feel the need to find out just what happens when you put an aerosol can into the microwave, as the idea that the can is already pressurized should be a good hint that something very bad is going to happen if you heat it up. It’d also be a good idea to consult a professional before attempting anything like this simply because, well, think about it. Going into something like this half-cocked could end up causing a great deal of personal injury and collateral damage if you’re not prepared for it.
The light show that is steel wool being consumed by light and heat in the microwave is pretty to look at for certain.