How to Make a Mini Cannon From a BBQ Lighter

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Introduction: How to Make a Mini Cannon From a BBQ Lighter

About: I like turning boring things into awesome things! Usually on video.

This is how to make a mini combustion cannon sized to fire airsoft pellets. The only materials required are a BBQ lighter, a few screws, epoxy or other strong glue, and a drill.

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237 Discussions

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harry88
harry88

9 years ago on Introduction

what is the exat brand / exact model lighter

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Evilcrickett
Evilcrickett

2 years ago

Um... Can any see this instructable anymore? All I see is this is haw to make mini cannon... Then the download box (I'm not premium) then comments no directions

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135811
135811

3 years ago

For my experiment, I have much larger objects that I am propelling instead of airsoft pellets, and I was wondering when you use the exact model of BBQ lighter, could you expand/ enlarge the size of the tube hole so it would be large enough to fit a marble? Thanks!

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135811
135811

3 years ago

May I use this for an experiment I'm doing? I'm testing something, and I came across your video and think having a small, hand-held cannon would work best for my experiment.

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Sedgseb123
Sedgseb123

3 years ago

can aerosol be used

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Sedgseb123
Sedgseb123

3 years ago

what is the range

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MuktaB
MuktaB

4 years ago

Can we useperfume

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MuktaB
MuktaB

4 years ago

Which is liquid used for shooting?

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lgarza3
lgarza3

6 years ago

can mouth wash be used

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mk2001
mk2001

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

It doesn't have high enough levels of alcohol so it won't ignite.

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Nathair
Nathair

8 years ago on Introduction

Ok I'm srry to burst all ur little bubles but one contrary to watnighthawklight said adding oven a miner amount to much fluid nomatter what u use for fuel it could still blow up I know because my little brother was killed when one blow up in hi hand oh and I've taken these kinds of weapons of inmates at my prion that have been used to kill people and are illegal nomatter what they shoot

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KJenkinsAF
KJenkinsAF

Reply 5 years ago

I'm sorry your little brother was killed. However, as to the illegality issue. Illegal in prisons yes, by non-felons not incarcerated no.

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tato312
tato312

9 years ago on Introduction

Hey, im building this cannon but im using lighter fluid as the fuel for it.

The thing is that I cant get it to ignite. There's a spark and everything, but it just wont ignite. Ive tried using more fuel but still nothing happens.

But when I take the rear bolt out and light the cannon with another lighter.. BOOM!
A lot of fire

I dont know whats wrong... Can someone help?
Thanks

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CurtR
CurtR

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

Lighter fluid will not work because it doesn't vapourise to give an explosive air/fuel mixture. That's why alcohol, hair spray and ether are best.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Sounds like the fuel / o2 ratio is off....i.e. you need more air.

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cj8675
cj8675

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

are you using 91% rubbing alcohol

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Pfarmkid
Pfarmkid

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

you might be adding to much gas it also it is a bit harder to make lighter fluid ignite unless its a steady stream of gas