This was a creation that started when I found an old can of calcium carbide in my grandfather's garage. After learning that its purpose was to produce acetylene gas when water was introduced. Typically used in a gas generator style mining lamps. I started having fun with a two liter bottle that had a small hole in the cap. This was neat but : " DAME MAS FUEGO " ! ('Bout all the spanglish I know.) I guess bein' dangerous by nature we figgered if we were to go out in flames, might as well be a decent ka-boom with accompanied mushroom cloud.
Step 1: Gather Your Parts
1- Storage Tank = from a reverse osmosis water filtration system
1- Air Hose = relieved my old compressor of its air hose
1- Pressure Wand = the kind that attaches to your garden hose
1- Flow Check Valve = also from the filtration system
You will also need various brass fittings to connect everything
Step 2: Prep and Assemble Your Components
Attach wand to flow check valve with flow direction toward wand.
Attach hose to opposite end of check valve.
Attach hose to storage tank.
Remove bladder from storage tank and fill tank 2/3 with water.
Step 3: Carbide Time
About a cup of H2o into bladder and cap the tank quickly as the reaction is instant.
After tightly capping the tank give it a shake or two to mix carbide and water.
This in now building pressure inside tank due to the production of acetylene gas thru the carbide- water reaction.
We let it sit for about 5 minutes.