Melting table salt in a red hot spoon.

We were using a bunsen burner hooked up to a propane tank to heat a spoon, and the salt in the spoon, red hot in order to melt the salt.

According to the wikipedia article on salt, the melting point is 1474 °F.  See further comments after this picture…

Melting salt in a spoon over a propane burner

It took a while, but we did get it to melt.  I “poured” it onto a metal surface, and you can see it still glowing here:

And for reference, here is what a Sodium Chloride crystal looks like up close:

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