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Different Ignition sources, what do YOU think is the best?

Post questions and info about combustion (flammable vapor) powered cannons here. This includes discussion about fuels, ratios, ignition systems, safety, and anything else relevant.

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BBQ Peizo
Coleman lantern lighter
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camera flash
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Different Ignition sources, what do YOU think is the best?

Unread postAuthor: Benster » Mon Oct 16, 2006 10:21 am

Okay, I'm in the process of building my first propane metered combustion gun. I'm curious as to everyones preference when it comes to Ignitors for your gun, the four major ones that I have heard of are

1. The well know BBQ peizo ignitor, from my expeirence works ok, but is prone to not spark everytime you want it to.

2. Coleman lantern ignitor, fairly dependable, but only lasts for so long

3. Taser gun ignition, never had expeirence with one personaly, I hear that they are very dependable,but illegal in some states?

4. Camera flash ignitor, also fairly dependable but slightly indepth to build

So, how bout y'all, is this all you guys know about, or are there others I'm missing/forgetting? what do you thing of the different setups?

Also, I know that propane companies sell an after market electronic ignitor to replace the peizo on space heater and fireplaces that runs on a single AAA battery, I've looked all over the net and can't find them does anyone know where to get them? the local propane company sells them at what I'm hoping is a very marked up price of $25 or $30 :cry:
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Unread postAuthor: Atlantis » Mon Oct 16, 2006 6:01 pm

Camera flash makes a very nice spark but can be *twitchy* at best, they're not as reliable as they sound and they hurt when you get shocked. From what I've heard you can use "Stungun Circuitry" on your cannon regardless of your state, basically have someboyd in a legal state buy it for you then ship you the circuits without the case. I'm not responsible if you get in trouble in any way.
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Mon Oct 16, 2006 6:05 pm

Tazor has it by a mile, plenty of power and relieabilty.
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Unread postAuthor: riotpolice » Mon Oct 16, 2006 7:20 pm

remote mount HEI ignition coil. fires the first time every time. can be had for a dollar or 2 at the junk yard.

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Unread postAuthor: brumby » Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:27 pm

BBQ ignighter works fine for me, if you set it up good it will last for years.
And even if it does brake its cheap to replace
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Unread postAuthor: Tyro » Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:29 pm

i say camera flash because it doesn't cost anywhere near what a taser does.
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