# How many calories does the Human Torch burn?

I mean the guy has to burn a lot of calories, literally. So how many calories does he need to take in, to engulf himself in flames for at least an hour?

Assumption(?) for this question: he does draw at least a part of the needed energy from his body. In universe explanations preferred.

• This assumes that turning on his torch powers actually draws calories from his body. I can think of only a few superheroes where that connection is made (that employing the powerz burns food calories). Do you have any reason to believe it does in his case? – Paul May 17 '18 at 11:50
• @Edlothiad then the answer should be "he doesn't, because X and Y". – SQB May 17 '18 at 13:14
• the Torch does use energy from his body... a special ATP-like chemical called AR-HP... and he burns at about 800F... so we could probably just do the math. – KutuluMike May 17 '18 at 13:34
• I can't see how an answer of the sort "There is no mention that his abilities require any calorie intake." cannot answer this question perfectly. It should be reopened. – C.Koca May 17 '18 at 14:36