It’s in German, but wait. A translation follows:
00:00Notre Dame of Paris — Thoughts about the material of wood.
00:09 Good Morning ! Everyone up?
00:12 So, I’m Unikum Barock, Craftsman. I’ve never made a video, but it will all work out.
00:22 Notre Dame. Yes, wood, fire, ruined— really bad.
00:28 As a wood craftsman, a few thoughts went through my mind. For instance,
00:33 how could this happen? The news says it was a cigarette from a craftsman that
00:38 was forgotten, thrown away, then *boom*. Somehow I don’t really believe that.
00:45 That’s why I got out of my storage room, the sun is blinding a bit,
00:51 I brought out this wooden beam. It is from sometime in the 1700’s.
00:56 This thing is so dry, the only thing dryer is the wine in the wine cellar. You understand.
01:05 So we want to find out when it will start to burn.
01:18 Since I’m a non-smoker, I will take something more extreme than a cigarette.
01:25 I have here a chemical lighter cube. This way we’ll have something a bit stronger
01:33 If this doesn’t set it on fire, neither would a cigarette.
01:38 As far as I know, cigarettes go out when they aren’t being smoked
01:44 unless it is extreme windy. Then the flame would be fanned.
01:49 In a cathedral with a roof, that shouldn’t be the case.
01:55 Let’s light this thing and let it burn. I’ll do a time lapse. Be right back.
02:11 So, we’re back. Well…
02:17 The time lapse was around six minutes. As you see, you see nothing.
02:26 Quite simply, nothing happening.
02:38 Let’s see what happens with welding.
02:42 So, the second theory is that during renovation work welding caused the fire.
02:52 That’s right. So probably some of you will wonder about welding wood.
02:56 So by the way, yes, wood can be welded. Google helps.
03:00 So… and now we are going to test whether normal welding will set this beam on fire.
04:01 Even with some air circulation outside here, which usually encourages a fire,
04:07 a full welding rod attached to the beam couldn’t set it on fire.
04:17 The next test will be somewhat more extreme than a cigarette or welding.
04:26 A liquid fire igniter also known as gasoline.
04:29 I’m going to pour it into the hole made by the metal mass of the welding rod.
04:38 Technically term, metal mass. Oh well, that’s it.
05:14 So…why do we always say “so”? So, so, so.
05:19 So, OK. Conclusion: 5 minutes and 48 seconds. That’s what the timer says.
05:26 And the fire is out!
05:32 So now for another test. Without editing.
05:58 The surface has been burning for about ten minutes. I’m going to remove it.
06:13 It is, well…I’m going to clean it up and see if it is burning a bit, but I don’t think so.
06:28 It is smoking some. I’m just going to let it smoke and if a fire starts I’ll start the camera again.
06:37 So now it is out!
06:42 Even with the bit of smoke that is still visible, nothing else is going to happen.
06:47 I want to see this thing burn! Now even more extreme!
07:25 What else can I do? It is out. It goes out right away.
07:31 People. Write me. What else should I try?
07:36 Everything short of building a giant bonfire underneath it.
07:42 I don’t have explosives. Wouldn’t help.
07:46 What else should I do to get this fat beam to burn?
07:58 Well…this is the conclusion I come to. It wasn’t a cigarette.
08:05 It wasn’t caused by welding either.
08:12 And it wasn’t a little bit of gasoline either. My guess it would have to be fairly well planned.
08:21 Anyone who ever tried to start a campfire knows
08:27 in order to set a beam of wood on fire you need a quick fire at the beginning with a bit of kindling and so forth.
08:37 Or a whole lot of gasoline. Gas, gas, gas.
08:44 Or something similar.
08:48 Well, as I’ve said. Please write in the comments below what else I should try.
08:54 With the exception of… I can’t think of anything.
08:59 Oh well, forget it. Just write me and tell me how to set this fat beam on fire.
09:08 I also think the beams that were in the cathedral were even a bit thicker.
09:15 The one I have is 15cm by 15cm (6″ x 6″). Or 17cm. (6.5″) And dry as a fart.
09:22 Even with the propane blowtorch for the few minutes. I don’t remember how many,
09:26 I’ll have to look. Even a full blowtorch didn’t make it burn.
09:33 Not even gasoline, man, you saw it yourself. So.
09:37 As I’ve said, this is my first video ever, indulge me. Otherwise… otherwise what?
09:47 Give it a thumbs up or thumbs down, I don’t care.
09:51 This is just about… just a thought about… what we are being told.
10:02 That thing really burned, didn’t it?
10:06 All politics aside. Whether it was George wearing a headdress or Bernd the craftsman.
10:12 This, that or the other. Doesn’t matter. This is not the right place for that.
10:17 And now I’m going inside, and these materials as well.
10:24 As I’ve said, please share this video as you wish. Whatever you feel like doing.