How Many D Batteries Does it Take to Cook a Turkey?

By Adam Clark Estes on at

Sometimes, when Christmas rolls around, things go wrong and you need to get creative. How creative? Well, that's up to your family and their own zany ways.

Wired's Rhett Allain imagined the zaniest of scenarios for Thanksgiving Day -- one you may find useful for Christmas day. What if you had no oven but an unlimited number of D batteries? How many would it take to cook a 4.5kg turkey? Using some not so super simple science, Allain calculated the specific heat of turkey, counted out how many Joules it would require, and designed a makeshift oven with copper wire and batteries. Spoiler: it takes 263 D batteries to cook a turkey.

Head over to Wired to find out exactly how it's done and learn a few things in the process!

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