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Lou Hilario
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Can anyone please give me ideas on how to ignite smoke powder. I want to convert my Cellulator which uses a glow plug. It is not always reliable.
I want to make a different power supply for it. I was thinking of nichrome wire with a 3V DC power supply. Or something else? Anything that can make it ignite with a push of a button or switch.
Anyone?
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ClintonMagus
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You might try an igniter for model rocket engines:

http://www.hobbylinc.com/htm/est/est302301.htm
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You need an igniter to ignite an igniter for smoke powder. Try a coil of nichrome (or a cheap single strand of copper wire pulled from a Dollar Store extension cord... it will burn through but what the hey!) pressed against the head of a wooden match buried in smoke powder with a little hole (or two) for oxygen. The igniter will ignite the matchhead which in turn will ignite the smoke powder. Who says Rube Goldberg is dead?
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Michael Baker
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You generally need a stronger voltage to burn through the copper stand, like a 110 v from a wall socket. This will work great unless you have a circuit breaker that wants to trip when you dead short the wire. The flash pot will go off, but you will lose all power on that circuit.

Batteries will ignite nicrome wire or model rocket ignitors (not cheap but reliable). The problem with batteries it they can have enough juice on one firing, but not the next... too risky for me.

The way I solved this was to make a firing panel that brings 110v in from a wall socket and then converts it down to 12 v through a step down transformer. The voltage going out remains constant.

Wire in some momentary contact swicthes and you have just what you need.

To guarantee the spark will set off the flash powder, wrap a small piece of flash cotton around the wire. Make sure this touches the powder, too. I've never had one fail.

Be aware that with this type of firing system that you'll likely have a short delay (maybe one second) before the flashpot goes off.
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tabman
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What about using squibs?

-=tabman
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Also, in the dark ages we would take a tuna can and cut the top and bottom out of it and mount it on a piece of plywood with two nails driven about two inches apart. Then we'd take an extension cord (two conductor lamp cord) and cut the female end off and attach one wire to each nail. Then wrap a single strand of the copper wire between the two nails. Fill the thing with your powder and plug it into the wall. The wire burns through and ignites the powder.

This probably isn't safe so don't do it but its what we did in the 60s to fire flash pots.

don't DO IT!!!

-=tabman

PS: Took a look at theose rocket igniters and those look like squibs by any other name. So that's the way to go. How much smoke are you gonna need??

We have invented and now after five years of work, market a device called the PyroShot. Too dangerous for magic but uses a chemical reaction to get ignition with a 20 second delay http://PyroShot.com
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Spellbinder
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I forgot to mention that if you check either my "Sefalajia Revisited" from The Wizards' Journal #10 OR the "Self-Lighting Candles" e-Book from the Wizards' Journal #4, you will see photos and diagrams for the ignition device, which is powered by one AA battery, that I described above in my earlier post. You don't need rocket science for this one. Of course in both those books, I am just lighting candles with the igniter, but both articles show the igniter igniting an igniter as described above.
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