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Would there be interest in me offering various air/water/fire cannons, distribution manifolds, reservoir tanks, or "haunted arcade games" (an arcade cabinet with a monitor and a button to trigger an air cannon or similar prop either in the haunt or que line) these can be either coin operated or free. Basically I have been building a few different things for our haunt and would love to offer them to the public. I can build an air cannon as cheap as $100 which is very simple and suitable for the home haunter or can go all out and have a proper air cannon with a proper pneumatic valve that shoots a mist of water that is triggered by a triggering pad in the floor. Or I can set you up with a whole pneumatic system from compressor to tanks to manifolds to cannons. This is something that I do in my free time not as my primary income so my prices would be much lower then actual merchants. If i manage to get enough interest between these forums and haunted house forums I would go to TW with these products but would need interest/orders before i committed to the conference. As everything is built to order you get exactly what you want and we can work within any budget to get there. If you want something simple and economical we can do that, if you need something to stand up to commercial use then we can do that to and anywhere in between.


I recently had some interest in the "haunted arcade game" and roughly estimated a cost of around $200 for just the cabinet itself with monitor, power and trigger.. Add roughly $50ish for the camera and as low as $100ish for a simple air cannon and you have a basic "haunted arcade game" for AROUND $350. Now that price is just a estimate but should be fairly close. If you want artwork on the cabinet thats an option as well as many other bells and whistles. I can go as simple as you can afford or as crazy as you can imagine with this and any of the products I offer and all products will be thoroughly tested to my high standards of quality and reliability, I will not ship a substandard product.

Thanks
Nick

here is an example of my personal concussion cannon which is triggered by a remote with a master switch and a triggering button. This would sell for $100 by itself or $150 with the remote.

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we;re working on a better "all-n-one" design right now but the first prototype shot a cloud of fire about 15-20 feet away and about 6-8 feet tall. i'm working on a self delivery system with explosion proof valves and self ignition system so all you do is hit the button.

Heh.

I think that's a bit of overkill for anything other than a stage performance. Typically haunts have people much closer...any chance of it getting scaled down, considerably? Or a scaled version?

And frankly, I wouldn't need the self ignition or the self delivery. Maybe some kit forms? (explosion proof valves are a must, though ;) ) What fuel did you use?

IDEALLY, we would have adjustable fuel as well to create colored fire...
 

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I like your idea of adjustable fuel, are you meaning in terms of different fuels or simply fuel flow? Either wouldn't be an issue with either a pressure regulator or a mixing chamber.

Your fuel choices are basically endless, anything that flows and burns will work. I assume ideally that a propane fuel would be ideal since it is inexpensive and easily found. Please all feel free to chime in with the fuel type you would prefer.

Great questions, thanks
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Yes, I can see a large fireball like that at an entrance to a professional haunt or something. I'm personally thinking (and I think the majority of the forum is as well) of a home-use situation. I could NOT get away with a 6 ft tall flame anywhere in my yard and feel safe that patrons are far enough away and/or somethings not going to catch fire. (not enough space in the front, too many trees in the back)

Well, and adjuster for fuel FLOW SHOULD allow the user to scale the size of the fireball to their liking. That should solve THAT 'problem' right there, and allow you to keep just the one size fits all design.

But, I was thinking in terms of the fuels that create green or red flames. I'm not all up to snuff on the stuff, myself, so am not sure how it comes (liquid v gas), or what kind of pressurization they use. I'm just am aware of it being out there. (Concerts/stage shows often have colored flame systems)

I have made liquid fuel for various colors before, and had been tinkering the idea of a system to spray that concoction up out of a firepit to make it temporarily produce green flames instead of orange on demand. But, it's currently one of those "meybe next year" things.
 
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