I tried all kinds of methods...lining the mouth with kayo-wool, grill paint, building an aluminum heat sink tube to fit in the throat, mounting under the mouth, etc...That is sweet! How’d ya keep it from melting?
That’s some next level stuff there. Very impressiveTook me a little time to figure out how to get this all working (2yrs working on and off to be exact) to make sure I didnt end up with a flaming pile of plastic dripping on my trick-or-treaters, but I finally got it working this year.
Thank you to everyone that has commented. Its nice to have your hard work appreciated by your peers.Very cool!! What did you use for the skull flames? Was that something you made or bought?
The portion of the video you see is the only time when the tiki torches and the dragon are going at the same time. I have everything set on a controller system connected to my computer. At the beginning of my presentation you hear the "Welcome to Hell" and everything goes off...this give me a good time frame to know where in the programming my display is at. After the initial start...the dragon goes off once ever other even minute (2:00, 6:00, 10:00, 14:00, etc..). The tiki torches will go off every other odd minute (3:00, 7:00, 11:00 etc...). This ensures that there is enough time between items going off that it stays fresh for new people coming in to get scared, ensures you can focus on one item at a time and not miss something else, and ensure I have enough propane to last the night without having to swap tanks.I wonder if the flaming torches on the ground may detract from the dragon, which is the main attraction.
The dragon does have fog...the problem here is the fog machine that came with him is a manual remote only machine. So my wife who is under the dragon handing out candy has to manually set off the fog with a remote. Occasionally we time it right with the fire, but not often. I am looking for a device that I can connect to my controlling software to sync the fog and the fire together.Another approach might be to make the dragon's flame much bigger. Not necessarily by making the flame itself bigger. But, perhaps it can be perceived as larger by adding some fog blasting out.
I do like this idea of having the dragon pulled out of the cave. I try to keep safety in mind with all of my projects. The flame does not touch the dragon long enough to even heat the plastic up a little bit. I had regular scheduled "stop" points in my display this year to check that the dragon head was not being damaged. Another reason I have him elevated is because of picture takers. A lot of people like to take picture of their kids with my props and I could not have my dragon going on with someone too close taking a picture...children are flammable from what I hear...I cant confirm this as I have children, but there is a strong case supporting this theory.Finally, I am a little concerned about having a flaming object above an enclosed area that the people go under. Your Visqueen sheeting is not flame proof. If part of the dragon's head were to catch fire and detach, it would fall onto the enclosed area below. And those people my not immediately realize this had happened, and that the initial flame that may result , is intended to be there. So, next year, I suggest moving the dragon to the side. I think that having the dragon closer to the ground may even make it better, since the audience can get a better look at it. Perhaps the skeletons have just dragged the dragon out of its lair, to get at the treasure inside, and your guests are now free to get to the "treasure" (i.e. Candy).
It is possible to convert a fog machine to be automatically controlled. The idea is to add a relay that is powered by whatever control system you are using. The relay could be powered by 5vDC, 12vDC or 120vAC. Then wire the output of the relay in parallel with whatever switch you use to trigger it manually.The dragon does have fog...the problem here is the fog machine that came with him is a manual remote only machine.
I have relays that are controlling the pilot light on the dragon now. I actually had to buy two relays when I purcahsed them...so I have one just sitting around and the idea was to use that on for the fog machine. I just have not had time to look into the pin out for the fog machine to connect to the relay, but that is the idea...is to get it to run on a 120vAC relay. Still just trying to get everything put away for now as my fog machines need to be cleaned pulled out from underneith all the other decorations waiting to be packed back up and stored for next year.It is possible to convert a fog machine to be automatically controlled. The idea is to add a relay that is powered by whatever control system you are using. The relay could be powered by 5vDC, 12vDC or 120vAC. Then wire the output of the relay in parallel with whatever switch you use to trigger it manually.
Hey Mouse! I'm actually interested in the flame part rather than the skulls. What are you using to control the fire bursts?Thank you to everyone that has commented. Its nice to have your hard work appreciated by your peers.
The flaming skulls were a set of tiki torches that I bought from the Spirit store several years back. They no longer look to be available for purchase, but could easily be replicated.
I provide this information at your own risk...Hey Mouse! I'm actually interested in the flame part rather than the skulls. What are you using to control the fire bursts?