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Unread postAuthor: djt » Sun Jun 25, 2006 1:00 pm

all this talk about using those mini co2 tanks that you buy for filling a chamber has got me thinking. you could just get a small piece of metal pipe with a tire filling valve on one side and a threaded cap on the other. drop in a little chunk of dry ice, close the cap, and set it somewhere safe for a few hours to let the dry ice turn into co2 gas. unless you like filled the pipe to the top with dry ice it shouldnt explode while pressurizing itself, and if it did it wouldnt be near you while it exploded. you could put it in a metal container while its pressurizing for safety.

if you made five or six of these you could always have a portable air source for relatively small chambers. this is an alternative to buying the small co2 cartriges. if you used it enough you would save money.
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Unread postAuthor: ProfessorAmadeus » Sun Jun 25, 2006 1:18 pm

if you put a pop up valve on it no matter what it wont explode or be at pressures to high for your gun.
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Unread postAuthor: djt » Sun Jun 25, 2006 1:51 pm

true true. i was thinking along the lines of getting the metal tank up to like 400 psi or so so you could make it small and portable and still be able to fill a medium tank to like 80 psi
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Unread postAuthor: )DEMON( » Sun Jun 25, 2006 2:13 pm

I think your on to something,give it a go and tell us how it turns out.
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Unread postAuthor: djt » Sun Jun 25, 2006 2:17 pm

problem is i dont know where to get the dry ice
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Unread postAuthor: LucyInTheSky » Sun Jun 25, 2006 3:40 pm

I think you can rent dry ice machines from tool hire places, so you could make loads of them then keep them.
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Unread postAuthor: cannon freak » Sun Jun 25, 2006 4:26 pm

You may be able to rent a dry ice machine but you will need liquid CO2 to put into the machine to make Dry Ice.
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Unread postAuthor: A-98 » Sun Jun 25, 2006 4:55 pm

you can buy it at super markets...or icecream suppliers.
and while your at it put water and dry ice in a water bottle and close it (dont forget to retreat)
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Unread postAuthor: ProfessorAmadeus » Sun Jun 25, 2006 5:45 pm

i get mine at the local HEB and its fairly cheap. Also are you going to use steal?
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Unread postAuthor: djt » Sun Jun 25, 2006 8:12 pm

yes that was the idea. how much pressure could steel pipe take? and how much pressure could you get it to with dry ice? because the higher the better. if you could get something to like 800 psi you could fill a chamber to 80 psi that is ten times the size!
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Unread postAuthor: ProfessorAmadeus » Sun Jun 25, 2006 8:49 pm

well heres a table with some pressure ratings for pipe Pipe Size Pipe


Schedule 100°F 200° 300° 400° 500° 600° 650° 700° 750°
1" 40 3048 2629 2362 2171 2019 1924 1867 1824 1810
1" 80 4213 3634 3265 3002 2791 2659 2580 2528 2501
1" 160 6140 5296 4759 4375 4068 3876 3761 3684 3646
1.5" 40 2257 1947 1750 1608 1496 1425 1383 1354 1340
1.5" 80 3182 2744 2466 2267 2108 2009 1949 1909 1889
1.5" 160 4619 3984 3580 3291 3060 2916 2829 2772 2743
2" 40 1902 1640 1474 1355 1260 1201 1165 1141 1129
2" 80 2747 2369 2129 1957 1820 1734 1682 1648 1631
2" 160 4499 3880 3486 3205 2980 2840 2755 2699 2671
3" 40 1806 1558 1400 1287 1196 1140 1106 1084 1072
3" 80 2553 2202 1979 1819 1691 1612 1564 1532 1516
3" 160 3840 3312 2976 2736 2544 2424 2352 2304 2280
4" 40 1531 1321 1187 1091 1014 967 938 919 909
4" 80 2213 1909 1715 1577 1466 1397 1355 1328 1314
4" 160 3601 3106 2791 2566 2386 2273 2206 2161 2138
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Unread postAuthor: djt » Sun Jun 25, 2006 9:00 pm

schedule 40 steel? didnt know those had scedules. thanks for the table though. that would be so cool to get some 1 inch up to 3000 psi. it would make pneumatics really portable. so you could make a chamber with 30 times the volume and get it to 100 psi with that. pretty cool. at that pressure would the co2 liquify? not that it matters im just wondering.
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Unread postAuthor: D-Roc » Sun Jun 25, 2006 9:07 pm

Hmm. Gives me MANY ideas. I didn't know CO2 comes from dry ice...

Question is how much dry ice do you need?

One of my friends has a chunk of dry ice the size of a bucket. I'll ask him for some...
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Unread postAuthor: ProfessorAmadeus » Sun Jun 25, 2006 9:11 pm

ok at 3000 psi the real question is where you going to get a valve that can handle that pressure. i dont mean on the gun but on the tank.
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Unread postAuthor: D-Roc » Sun Jun 25, 2006 9:13 pm

Homemade steel valve?
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