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lighter as an ignightor???

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Unread postAuthor: coolboarder58 » Sun Jul 09, 2006 11:02 pm

ok well i just finished building my first potato gun. instead of a lantern sparker which seems to be used the most i drilled a hole in the plug on the back of the gun and epoxied one of those long handled lighters. when i went to visit a friend in washington state i shot one with a lighter like this but ive never seen a pick online or heard about it so i was just wonderin if its safe or whatever.
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Unread postAuthor: A-98 » Sun Jul 09, 2006 11:27 pm

it should be safe.
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Unread postAuthor: Benny » Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:21 am

Replace the endcap, With a lantern sparker or a BBQ ignitor or something, The igniter sometime is going to rocket out... and take your finger with it.
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Unread postAuthor: DriftingRz » Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:50 am

yea people have done it but its not a good idea not safe, plus the endcap is the weakest part of the gun, so get a new endcap, and get a diff igniter and put it in the side of the chamber NOT the endcap
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Unread postAuthor: rna_duelers » Mon Jul 10, 2006 6:57 am

Done it plenty of times,and my lighter was destroyed by a water shot the cannon flew out of my hands smashed my knee and broke the lighter but previously i never had any problems with it,its fine by me and the cannon i used it on was used well over 300 shots...mmmm pumpkin soup is the shite!
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Unread postAuthor: coolboarder58 » Tue Jul 18, 2006 3:16 pm

ok well ive decided to replace my lighter after the gas tube melted and it doesnt light anymore. im thinkin about usin a stun gun. anyone know hos to set that up and what a good brand is?
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Unread postAuthor: M3NT4L » Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:12 am

wouldent the pressure from the canon go in through the lighter tube and blow the lighter plastic off or sring a leak and torch it... and... stun guns suck@!!!!!!@!# once u get shoked u will hate them use the expencive grill ignitors the ones with an automatic spark like the tazers but they arent so painfull...and they cheaper if you dont know what they are look at my ghetto gatorade gun
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Unread postAuthor: Shrimphead » Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:26 am

Umm... that's why you don't let yourself get shocked :roll: . Just be careful and you should be fine.
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Unread postAuthor: frogy » Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:37 am

I like using Lantern Igniters, they make nice hot flames\sparks...

BB Grill igniters work great

Utility lighter igniters work good, but are a pain in the ass sometimes...

Stun guns are obiously the best, and how the hell can you shock yourself? Unless your stupid and touching the terminals it's pretty hard to push the button to trigger the shock while holding a terminal, and it doesn't hurt that bad, I've got shocked 3 seconds by old of my friends and it just made my fall a little :D
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Unread postAuthor: pyrogeek » Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:47 am

The cheapo grill ignitors piss me off. A lantern ignitor would be good, but I don't think they are cool enough. Stun guns are awesome, and if you take the time to insulate yours well, you can't get shocked. And by the way, I see all these people using really heavy gauge wire on the electrodes from the stun gun. WHY? I took one apart before putting it back into a different type of box and the wires from the coils to the electrodes are really small, like the size of the wire they use on grill ignitors.
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Unread postAuthor: coolboarder58 » Mon Jul 24, 2006 11:41 pm

well my mom wont let me get a stun gun so ill just get one at my dads house and take off the housing and say we built an ignightor with a capacitor and a battery :D ... but for now ive got a sweet handle with a bbq sparker on it. kinda looks like that pg255 locust or whatever... only more gheto
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Unread postAuthor: pyrogeek » Tue Jul 25, 2006 12:20 am

coolboarder58 wrote:well my mom wont let me get a stun gun so ill just get one at my dads house and take off the housing and say we built an ignightor with a capacitor and a battery :D ... but for now ive got a sweet handle with a bbq sparker on it. kinda looks like that pg255 locust or whatever... only more gheto

When I put the guts of my oldest stun gun in a case to use with my spud gun, it still sounds like a stun gun. Trust me, your mom WILL find out it is a stun gun.
Just a battery and a capacitor won't work, it requires more circuitry than that. Actually, just go get a disposable camera, or some other camera cheap (Goodwill, Salvation Army, yard sale, ETC) and the parts for the flash are supposed to make a decent spark. But be careful, a camera can give you a good shock if you aren't careful, and I would know.
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