How To Build A Carbide Cannon
It doesn't shoot anything but it does make a hell of a boom! All the parts are available at any plumbing supply or home improvenment store and should cost less than.00, and I have included a link below for the calcium carbide. A firing plunger lit the gas with a flint. A valve lets the water drip onto the CaC2 at a steady rate.
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Carbide Cannon at Home
80 mph, carbide cannons, it is nearly impossible to pull it back up to adjust.
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When water hits carbide, it produces acetylene gas, which is directed to a nozzle in a parabolic reflector and then lit juke manually. Even though I was in a real no-gun household (only women and me, as my dad died in wwii I somehow sneaked this one past the censors. As a portable light source, only the LED flashlight is superior to the carbide miner's lamp, which had been the standard for brightness, weight and reliability since the early 1900s.
About 3 feet should be enough - that way (a.) you don't have to chase the lid, and (b) it won't come whipping back and smack you when the cannon goes off. This method is relatively safe in that if to much carbide is added there will be an excess of acetylene (relative to oxygen) causing a thump rather than a bang. Take an old-time (heavy-gauge) quart paint can and clean it up as necessary so the top fits snug. I've had Big Bang cannons, and believe me this thing will make 'em sound like cap guns. Also, cannons can cause hearing loss if misused). Mount the can (seam side down) on the 2X4 base, golf put some wood screws in the sides of the base and wire the can down by using baling wire (which I got from the newspaper bales on my paper route and tighten the wire.
Imagine a 12-gauge going off at arm's length, pointed directly to the side. Pushing back the night with light of our own making was the first and greatest of humankind's achievements. I never did get one as a kid, and when I showed my dad the one I got for this column, he said that he'd always wanted one too!
If you live in a state where fireworks are illegal you may find a legal alternative in carbide cannons. Mixing acetylene with air also creates very loud bangs. The local pawnshop sold cans of Calcium Carbide in gravel-sized lumps for cheap, and here.
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Have 4th of July projects? Carbide lamps have an upper chamber full of water and a lower chamber full of rocklike calcium carbide (CaC2). So kids, take heed: When pestering your parents for loud, dangerous toys, sell it as a chance to finally realize their childhood desires.
Burning acetylene is extremely bright, and a cave explorer can keep a light going for days with just some water and a bag of what look like ordinary stones. OT, but only slightly. HOW TO - Make a carbid cannon Make: George writes, the Fourth of July is quickly approaching. Send them in well round up the best ones a week before the 4th!