Jump to content


Photo
* * * * * 3 votes

Introductions


  • Please log in to reply
1310 replies to this topic

#1301 Twesla

Twesla

    Playing with fire

  • Full Member
  • PipPip
  • 31 posts

Posted 01 June 2021 - 12:00 PM

Hi, I'm Ethan. I'm new to the forum and hobby. I'm interested in space rockets. But I will never be an astronaut. Therefore, I want to figure out how to make flying models. And it is desirable that they do not burn out or explode at the same time.


Hi Ethan, welcome to the forum! Ive been really invested in pyrotechnic rockets lately. I hope you find what youre looking for here!

#1302 Wrecktangle

Wrecktangle

    Smelt the smoke

  • Full Member
  • Pip
  • 5 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:VA

Posted 16 June 2021 - 02:27 AM

Hi,

 

Been reading the forum and has such good information and friendly and helpful members I figured it best to join up! Been a pyro since age 3, excited to be involved in future discussions on the forums. 

 

Interested in mainly shows, rockets and artillery shells. Both bought and making of Rockets and Shells. Don't know much compared to members here, but looking forward to participating in future discussions and gaining valuable knowledge from other members. 

 

~Will


  • tenneyguy likes this

#1303 Bill1159

Bill1159

    Smelt the smoke

  • Full Member
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Delaware, USA
  • Interests:Bodybuilding, fabricating, mechanics, R&D, and now Pyrotechnics.

Posted 09 July 2021 - 07:15 AM

Hi everyone. My name is Bill but everyone calls me Puff. (Long story). Anyway, I'm new to this just this year. I just started a couple months ago with a Skylighter's rocket and shell kit. I was only able to get 1 rocket with heading and 1 shell done for the 4th this year but I was surprised how well I did. I watch alot of Ned's video's. He's been a big help. The only issue I've had so far is getting my lift powder strong enough to send my 2.5 inch shells high enough. Luckily I had some commercial BP that I had bought. Anyway I'm working on projects for next years 4th or even another holiday and I have so many questions. Thank you all for any help you give me.

PUFF

#1304 SharkWhisperer

SharkWhisperer

    Pyrotechnician

  • Donator
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 848 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 09 July 2021 - 01:10 PM

Hi everyone. My name is Bill but everyone calls me Puff. (Long story). Anyway, I'm new to this just this year. I just started a couple months ago with a Skylighter's rocket and shell kit. I was only able to get 1 rocket with heading and 1 shell done for the 4th this year but I was surprised how well I did. I watch alot of Ned's video's. He's been a big help. The only issue I've had so far is getting my lift powder strong enough to send my 2.5 inch shells high enough. Luckily I had some commercial BP that I had bought. Anyway I'm working on projects for next years 4th or even another holiday and I have so many questions. Thank you all for any help you give me.

PUFF

The BP kits (all of them) suck. Unless you're happy with mediocre rocket fuel, nice fountains, and absolutely shitty BP for lift, burst, and salutes. That is because the cheap commercial hardwood airfloat charcoal they all contain is shit for BP. It's an industrial waste product. Hardwood airfloat is fine for making some star comps, slow blackmatch, and primes, but is absolute  shit for anything requiring a respectable burn rate. It's simple to make your own super-hot charcoal for cheap and there are many threads here on it and tutorials (some good, many crap) online. It's really easy to retort a gallon paint can of wood to hot charcoal in an hour or so. Willow, eastern red cedar, alder are some of the woods that make hot BP. Of you can buy it. Fireworkcharcoal.com has excellent paulownia charcoal (reputed to be among the fastest for the hottest BP) for sale and ERC, too. Tested and true. But a relatively expensive option vs making your own. Commercial BP is over $20/lb, when you can find it. And you need to buy multiple grains. It gets expensive fast when BP is $3/pound with homemade charcoal. Maybe $4/pound if you pay for decent charcoal (it's only 15% so a pound of charcoal makes a lot of BP for a new hobbyist).

 

You know the basics of making BP. Very cool. That's essential. Now dump the kit charcoal to the side (for slow stuff) and get/make some "real" charcoal and learn what decent homemade super-hot BP is all about. And what an absolute pleasure it is to work with. You will impress yourself and be pissed off at the company that sold a new fireworker a kit that makes crap BP. Gram-for-gram, your hot homemade granulated (or corned if that's your thing) BP can easily eclipse commercial Goex etc in energy release vs time and pyro utility. At a fraction of the cost.

 

If the fireworking companies wanted to do the community a service they would include a halfway decent charcoal in their BP kits and charge accordingly--I'm sure the frustrations associated with making serviceable BP from shitty kit hardwood airfloat turn off a lot of newbies to fireworking--the only people who are purchasing those kits. If so, the kit seller are doing not only the purchaser a disservice, but they're also potentially losing future sales if they cause new folks to say " doesn't work, can't do it...".

 

Welcome.


Edited by SharkWhisperer, 09 July 2021 - 02:52 PM.


#1305 vanBassum

vanBassum

    Smelt the smoke

  • Full Member
  • Pip
  • 2 posts

Posted 13 August 2021 - 04:17 PM

Hello,

 

I'm new at this forum, but I have been making fireworks for quite some time now. But not for the couple of last years, since I had some problems with getting perchlorate. This problem is now solved since I make this myself now. (Don't worry, the chlorates are properly destroyed, this was tested with indigo carmine.) Since I have access to the required chemicals, I opted to resume my fire working hobby.

 

Back in the day, I made mostly rockets drivers without any effects due to a lack of budgets. I also made one successfully 3 inch shell and loads of great reports. Who doesn't like 7-3 flash, am I right? :) Although right now I would like to focus more on visuals instead of loud bangs. This will start with testing out different compositions and some small scale test.

 

I hope to share some results on this forum and perhaps discuss different compositions etc.

 

Regards,

vanBassum



#1306 Richtee

Richtee

    Firebreather

  • Donator - HE
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,884 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:U S of Eh! (Close to Canuckia!)
  • Interests:Electronics and security professional. A fair cook/pitmaster, and bourbon drinker :{)

Posted 13 August 2021 - 04:56 PM

Hello,

 

I'm new at this forum, but I have been making fireworks for quite some time now. But not for the couple of last years, since I had some problems with getting perchlorate. This problem is now solved since I make this myself now. (Don't worry, the chlorates are properly destroyed, this was tested with indigo carmine.) Since I have access to the required chemicals, I opted to resume my fire working hobby.

 

Back in the day, I made mostly rockets drivers without any effects due to a lack of budgets. I also made one successfully 3 inch shell and loads of great reports. Who doesn't like 7-3 flash, am I right? :) Although right now I would like to focus more on visuals instead of loud bangs. This will start with testing out different compositions and some small scale test.

 

I hope to share some results on this forum and perhaps discuss different compositions etc.

 

Regards,

vanBassum

Welcome, sir :)


I like smoke! On food or in the air equally well.

#1307 Arthur

Arthur

    Firebreather

  • HE Qualified
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,555 posts

Posted 14 August 2021 - 04:45 PM

Now if you can fill a firework with timed beraqs then we want to see the video. But yes pretty colours have their place too!

 

Welcome to the party.



#1308 Exidous

Exidous

    Smelt the smoke

  • Full Member
  • Pip
  • 1 posts

Posted 30 August 2021 - 05:25 PM

Hello all!

 

Old timer here. Been out of the game for a while and wanted to jump on a forum with some good info and members. Saw this place and immediately wanted to join. In the San Antonio area in Texas if anyone knows of a good group to join locally. That would be great! Hope everyone is staying healthy and safe!


  • SharkWhisperer likes this

#1309 BourbonLegend

BourbonLegend

    Smelt the smoke

  • Full Member
  • Pip
  • 1 posts

Posted 04 September 2021 - 10:56 AM

Hello and thank you for approving me. After many years of stupidity and recklessly playing with fireworks Ive decided I should probably take this ho by serious. Im looking to get licensed and just doing small shows in my backyard. Ok its 10 acres so smallish shows eventually. I do have some experience with BP since I have a working cannon for blanks etc. again looking to learn a lot and thanks again or the acceptance.
  • SharkWhisperer and SeaMonkey like this

#1310 Zero18

Zero18

    Smelt the smoke

  • Full Member
  • Pip
  • 1 posts

Posted 09 October 2021 - 03:58 PM

Hi. my name is Daniel and i come from sweden. I work as a truck driver in europe.I have been working with pyro for 8 years now mostly with shells 3-12 inch. Sighning up to this forum to find knowledge and also share my knowledge with you.
  • SharkWhisperer likes this

#1311 Richtee

Richtee

    Firebreather

  • Donator - HE
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,884 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:U S of Eh! (Close to Canuckia!)
  • Interests:Electronics and security professional. A fair cook/pitmaster, and bourbon drinker :{)

Posted 10 October 2021 - 07:25 AM

Hi. my name is Daniel and i come from sweden. I work as a truck driver in europe.I have been working with pyro for 8 years now mostly with shells 3-12 inch. Sighning up to this forum to find knowledge and also share my knowledge with you.

Welcome Dan! Tell Henrik Zetterberg I said hello too :D


I like smoke! On food or in the air equally well.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users