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can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 7, 2005 - 05:19pm PT
Who remembers this gem from cold nights around the fire in Josh?
Shack

Big Wall climber
So. Cal.
Oct 7, 2005 - 05:49pm PT
I haven't yet but...
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 7, 2005 - 05:51pm PT
oh man, the power of suggestion can be sooo strong. I must resist!!
JuanDeFuca

Big Wall climber
Chatsworth
Oct 7, 2005 - 06:12pm PT
What's it like? What is the pressure of liquid butane?

Juan
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 7, 2005 - 06:31pm PT
"What is the pressure of liquid butane?"

Sort of depends on where you're sitting when they huck it in.
JuanDeFuca

Big Wall climber
Chatsworth
Oct 7, 2005 - 06:46pm PT
I think its fairly low.

Sounds interesting will have to try it at next camp fire.

How much energy in a Bic Lighter.

I will drill a hole in one now at lab.

Hold on.

Juan
Hardman Knott

Gym climber
Straight Outta Squamton
Oct 7, 2005 - 07:02pm PT
Knott too long ago, we threw a spent asthma-canister into a campfire.
It made a little "poof", so we threw in another one. This one went "pop",
and was just a little bit louder. So we threw in the remaining dozen or so...

KAAABOOOM!!


4 or 5 of them went off as loud as firecrackers––with HUGE showers of sparks everywhere.
We were running around frantically stamping out the embers which were spread in a 40 foot circle.

My folding camp chair got a couple nice holes burned into it.

What a riot!
WBraun

climber
Oct 7, 2005 - 07:16pm PT
Throw a propane bottle in next time, Hardnman it makes a nice pop too. We once did.

Klaus it was Harpol
Shack

Big Wall climber
So. Cal.
Oct 7, 2005 - 07:32pm PT
The best is an empty or nearly empty can of shaving cream!
or hairspray, or deodorant...any aerosol.
CorporateDog

climber
Middle California
Oct 7, 2005 - 07:44pm PT
Don't know if these nasty things still exist - but in my misspent youth - we would take those little pop top cans of Vienna Sausages and bury them in the coals of fellow camper's firepits.

Took awhile for the steam to build up - but when it did - BAM - little meat byproduct shrapnel all over the place.

Pop top cans of pork and beans worked well too.
Shack

Big Wall climber
So. Cal.
Oct 7, 2005 - 08:24pm PT
Not 100% sure Klaus, just seems to blow up bigger.
My theory...
it's basically the air inside the can that expands to make
the can rupture.
If it's full of shaving cream, there's not enough air to expand.
Once the can is ruptured the leftover propellant in the can
escapes and adds to the boom.

Maybe Ed H. can have the boys at the lab do some experiments and tell us for sure.
fear

Ice climber
hartford, ct
Oct 7, 2005 - 09:41pm PT
Bic lighters are under slight pressure. No biggie though.

The best garage chemical explosion is from a can of Ether. You know, like the old carb/engine starter spray... F*#king enormous blast....

-Fear
can't say

Social climber
Pasadena CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 7, 2005 - 10:08pm PT
So, in a best case scenario, what would be the best ammo for a potato cannon?
Shack

Big Wall climber
So. Cal.
Oct 7, 2005 - 11:02pm PT
It's all about the air:fuel ratio...
Starter fluid is my personal favorite.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 7, 2005 - 11:08pm PT
all things considered, there are more interesting explosives to play with than Bic lighters... if you like to play with explosives. Doubt that we could generate much interest here.
prongo

Trad climber
east side kid
Oct 7, 2005 - 11:14pm PT
how bout a 5 gallon bottle of propane
just dont stand to close
maybe a 1/4 mile should be safe
cactus

Trad climber
okanagan
Oct 8, 2005 - 12:06am PT
Flammable substances do not "catalyze" a reaction ... 2 cents from a chem grad.
hobo

Trad climber
Oct 8, 2005 - 12:09am PT
How to make a bomb, with a pipe, and some gunpowder. Commonly known as a pipe bomb.

Buy some thick pipe, maybe 1/4 inch thick or so. Weld a plate onto the bottom and top. The better the weld, the better the explosion.

Next, drill a small hole in the top, enough to fill w/ gunppowder. Fill it pretty full. Here is where you be careful. No fire or sh#t around, cuz your ass will fill with shrapnel.

Pack the gunpowder with somethin you can fit in the hole. Buy the best epoxy around, and i mean the best. Then, put in a long wick (long is good so you dont die while lighting it), and epoxy the sh#t out of it.

Place it under that huge ass boulder you cant climb, and if your bomb is big enough and built right, voila! No more boulder.

thanks for your attention, i hope it works out.

alex baker
WBraun

climber
Oct 8, 2005 - 12:15am PT
We did that in Junior high and we dug a deep hole and put that sucker in there. Then we set a gallon of gas on top of it, lit it and ran like hell.

Looked just like in the movies .......Kah boom and a huge fireball.

Good stuff .........
JuanDeFuca

Big Wall climber
Chatsworth
Oct 8, 2005 - 12:42am PT
You guys are really starting to scare me!
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