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how to install a bbq igniter?

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how to install a bbq igniter?

Unread postAuthor: austin_palmeri » Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:10 pm

ok so i have my combustion chamber and barrel assbly all complete now to install the bbq igniter. i was hoping someone could give me step by step instructions on how to do this right so i can fire my cannon safely
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Unread postAuthor: STHORNE » Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:16 pm

you mount the igniter where you want it and take the two leads and fasten them to 2 screws.

drill 2 holes where you want on the chamber and mount the screws/bolts the the holes with the leads connected.

make sure there is at least a 1" gap (around there) between the 2 screws/bolts for optimum performance.

and if you want, put epoxy around screws/bolts to make the seal air-tight.

hope i helped
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Unread postAuthor: austin_palmeri » Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:19 pm

can this be done on the screw in cap?
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Unread postAuthor: bigbob12345 » Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:20 pm

no i dont recomend you do it on the cap only drill through the double wall were the pipe and fitting connect.
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Unread postAuthor: austin_palmeri » Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:22 pm

the fitting for the cap?
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Unread postAuthor: STHORNE » Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:22 pm

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Unread postAuthor: Fnord » Tue Feb 26, 2008 7:00 pm

This is one of those "if you can't figure it out on your own, you probably shouldn't be doing it" questions.
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Unread postAuthor: STHORNE » Tue Feb 26, 2008 7:21 pm

lol, yeah...but at least he's asking before winging it on his own with no idea what he's doing.
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Unread postAuthor: brogdenlaxmiddie » Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:13 pm

Thats always rather good :D
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Unread postAuthor: austin_palmeri » Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:39 am

well what other kind of ignition system could i use?
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Unread postAuthor: citrus_vengeance » Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:19 am

My igniter is mounted directly inside my chamber and protrudes about 2" in to ensure the best possible ignition. A quality igniter should have a screw fittting to lock it into place.
If u choose to use this method however, i would recommend using sufficient amounts of epoxy resin both inside and out and additional silicone sealant inside.
BigBob12345 is 100% right in saying igniters are NOT pressure rated, and i would not recommend this method unless you are ABSOLUTELY certain a pressure seal can be achieved.
Ergonomics was my decisive factor.

Pipe caps do tend to come apart when u put igniters in them.
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Unread postAuthor: rcman50166 » Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:23 am

austin_palmeri wrote:well what other kind of ignition system could i use?


Other Ignition Sources
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Unread postAuthor: bigbob12345 » Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:26 am

citrus vengeance wrote:My igniter is mounted directly inside my chamber and protrudes about 2" in to ensure the best possible ignition. A quality igniter should have a screw fittting to lock it into place.
If u choose to use this method however, i would recommend using sufficient amounts of epoxy resin both inside and out and additional silicone sealant inside.
Pipe caps do tend to come apart when u put igniters in them.



Do not mount the ignitor in the chamber they are not pressure rated and can blow out causing hot gases to go all over your hands causing bad burns...[/quote]
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