Spud Gun Ignitions
Come On Baby Light My Fire – Potato Gun Igniters!
Let’s face it, without a quality ignition system your spud gun is nothing but a piece of plastic pipe. Without a reliable ignition system, your spud gun is nothing but a source of frustration as it lights off maybe one out of five times. What you need to know are your options for lighting off the combustible gas inside your combustion chamber, and here they are:
Lantern Flint Igniter
Been around since there was….flint…which means cavemen were lighting off their spud guns with this thing. On the plus side, they’re cheap, available, and relatively reliable. On the negative side, they can’t really be integrated with a multi spark system, and are super low tech, last year’s snow. What else do you expect from a rock that makes sparks?!
BBQ Push Button Igniters
Now we’re cooking with gas. Literally. Push button lighters belong to the piezoelectric family of lighters that are used in all sorts of applications where lighters are needed, such as furnaces, gas heaters, and barbecues. They’re cheap, available, and produce a good spark. They do however have a tendency to wear out – some users have reported as little as 20-30 hits before the thing crapped out – your mileage may vary.
Electric Ignition Options
Here’s where we get into the real ignition systems, the reliable electric ones where you can easily integrate them into multiple spark systems.
First up are electric barbecue lighters, which are similar to the piezoelectric ones although powered by electricity. Simple, cheap, effective, and available, and can be hooked up to multi spark in a jiffy.
Disposable camera igniters are another option – they can be scavenged from disposable cameras and make spark using the giant capacitor that powers the flash – these babies deliver up to 300 volts of sparkly goodness and can be hooked up to multiple spark systems easily. The downside is that just like a camera flash, it needs time to recharge after each firing – so if you have a misfire, you need to wait a couple seconds. Stun gun igniters are the kings of spark around here. Adapted from commercially available stun guns that can be had for under $30 online, these babies can deliver between 100,000 and 300,000 volts of fun. The upside is they provide all the juice you need to fire your spud cannon – the downside is they can potentially be illegal to possess in your area and extra caution needs to be taken in order to insulate your terminals so that you aren’t the recipient of some stun gun love.
What’s this multiple spark thing we keep mentioning? Simple. Instead of having a single spark in your combustion chamber, you have two or more. With a stud based multi spark system, you can have a spark in the back of your combustion chamber and one in the front. These two sparks light off the gas quicker, burn hotter, and allow for a more powerful explosion. Spark strips are the next level – these are nothing more than strips of copper that have points where the voltage arcs, creating a spark. These strips can have as many as ten different sparks, instantly lighting off the gas for a massive explosion. Put some thought into your ignition system and take your spud gun to the next level! Best of all, buy our potato gun ebook and plans and make the right spud gun system the first time!
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The Eradicator Potato Cannon Plan
If you want to be the King of the Potato Field you Need the Eradicator Potato Cannon. It is impossible to carry this Spud Gun and not have the locals give you a double take! The Eradicator Spud Gun has a self contained fuel injection system and fuel circulation system, with a pulsating ignition and a barrel over the combustion chamber, this Spud Gun truly is Stacked! Be a Pro and go with The Eradicator Potato Cannon!
007 Spud Cannon Gun Plan
Here is your Hand Held Potato Gun. If Bond was to use a Potato gun, this would be the choice! This sleek sexy Spud Gun fits in one hand and will shoot your smaller spuds with great accuracy. Holster the 007 Tator Gun easily in a pocket until it is time to impress the Friends!!!
The Night Crawler Mini Spud Gun Plan
This is an incredibly enjoyable Spud Gun to shoot! This is a smaller gun that still Holds its own to the big boys! This is a Favourite among the Spud Cannon community, and it is easy to carry and will shoot farther then you could believe. Fun Fun Fun!
The Punisher Potato Cannon Plan
The Punisher is not only pretty to look at it is also a deadly shot in the world of potato Artillery. The Punisher is sporting a smaller diameter barrel so you are able to load your smaller spuds and still make remarkable shots! With a comfortable custom fitting grip system you will want to shoot an entire field of potatoes with The Punisher Potato Gun.
The Desert Storm Potato Gun Plan
Is this gun military issued? No it is for civilian use But if the military did shoot spuds then this is what they would be using! The Desert Storm Potato Gun is what you want to shoot if you are looking to hit the Bullseye! Equipped with a push button igniter and very relaxing grips this gun is Sure to be a Favourite! Zing!
The Underdog Spud Gun Plan
It is always remarkable when the underdog shocks you and that is Exactly what happens with this Potato Gun. The Underdog will Blow your socks off! Being extremely reliable and simple to build, this Spud Cannon will have you launching the dinner potato farther than you ever thought possible! Man Up and build this ultimate Spud Gun! Pow!
The Babysitter Spud Cannon Plan
Oh watch out! This Babysitter is Not to be messed with! The Babysitter Spud Cannon is very diverse as it is more than capable of launching a Tennis ball, or Vegetable roughly to the Moon. Using this Bad Ass Spud Gun is effortless, as you simply spray then twist a wheel and you are then launching your ammo like the Big Boys! Boom!
The Bazooka Potato Cannon Plan
This beast of a Spud Gun is the pinnacle of the Spud Gun series and a Sure Shot. The Bazooka is very diverse as it is more than capable of launching a Tennis ball into the sunset. You also have a steadfast pulsating electronic ignition system that will light your innovative Propane injection system. The Bazooka is set up to effortlessly downsize barrels for your little spuds or balls. The Bazooka is The One! Bam!