h a l f b a k e r y
Not the Happy Cuddle Club.
add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random
news, help, about, links, report a problem
or get an account
Lo these many years ago, when I was a youth, I
constructed a device in our front yard consisting of a 3lb
coffee can, a candle, and a length of garden hose.
I punched a hole at the base of the can to allow the hose to
enter the can. The can was filled to a depth of about an
inch with flour,
and a lighted candle was placed in the
center of the can.
Blowing on the hose sent a cloud of flour aloft, and the
candle lit the aerosol, generating a brief but wonderful
The idea is to update this technique using the dryer vent
which happens to vent into my front yard, adapt a
microprocessor to control the vent, and have the exit
aperture form the mouth of a dragon.
A bit late for this year, maybe next!
[not_morrison_rm, Nov 04 2013]
Please log in.
If you're not logged in,
you can see what this page
looks like, but you will
not be able to add anything.
Description (displayed with the short name and URL.)
||I have a propane-heated dryer...and suddenly this seems so
||[bigsleep] Thanks for your comment.
||The invention is a novel combination of conventional
techniques / processes. Not one of my finest, but
possibly worthy of half-bakedness.
||Incidentally, the coffee can before recycling was
||One could use a pumpkin instead of a coffee can.
The problem with the dragon is that what dragon
belches flame straight up? Is it at a concert or
something? Pumpkins, however, routinely have
gouts of flame coming out of their heads.
||The question: how to make repeating? I am not
sure sending loads of flour / nondairy creamer or
the like down the tube would produce adequate
airborne density to make a gout of flame.
||Flaming pumpkins is a good variant!
||I think the airflow could work at angles close to
horizontal, as long as the flour stays within the
container until blown out.
||The tube serves only to pass air into the reservoir of
flour in the can. If memory serves, 250mL of flour is
good for over 50 puffs of air. YMMV
||merely a matter of time before the NMRM orbital gatling pumpkin flour flaming device ends up on a stand in some defence industry showcase....
||All profits to go into making advanced robots to go moon at members of the stop killer robots.org, which I had no idea actually existed until today. No sense of humour some people. Right, that's getting its own post.
||[+] good one! You were a halfbaker then and even
Mix some metallic salts in there for effect.