I recently got a 50uf 2000 volt polarized pulse discharge capacitor to blow stuff up. I tried to charge it with a microwave transformer rectified by a single HV diode, but that did not work. My plan was to fire up the microwave transformer, close HV switch #1 to charge the cap, open HV switch #1, and turn off the microwave transformer. Then I would close HV switch #2, and would send power to "load", in this case an orange (see diagram). However, when I closed HV switch #1 (which is a nail in a piece of wood and a rod on a PVC pipe), I would get arcs. Then, when I closed HV switch #2, nothing happened. I even tried shorting the cap with a rod, but it had not charged. Before this test, I tested the capacitor by charging it to 120 volts and it worked fine (I got a spark). Also, there is no internal resistor to discarge the capacitor after a long period of time. Should I try a full bridge rectifier with 4 diodes instead of a single diode?
I will also include a schematic of the circuit (you might have to zoom in in order to see it).