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by systemf92 on June 15, 2009 Table of Contents License: Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Intro: Fireworks Igniter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 1: Acquire your materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 2: Tape wires to the match . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 3: Wrap the match head with steel wool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 4: Secure the steel wool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 5: Using the igniters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Related Instructables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Advertisements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Comments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 7

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try using scissors) http://www. damage. stranded or solid.com/id/Fireworks-Igniter/ .instructables. You will need about 6" per igniter. around 20-24AWG (Size doesn't matter that much. if you don't have them around your house. Parts Needed Any small gauge insulated hookup wire. You don't need nichrome wire to construct these igniters.License: Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa) Intro: Fireworks Igniter These electronic igniters will reliably light any firework with a fuse on it. step 1: Acquire your materials The parts you will need shouldn't be to hard to find. They are relatively simple to construct and are made of common materials already available in your house or at a local hardware store. but can be used with any electronic controller that you may have built already. or even any 12v battery. for cutting electrical tape) Wire strippers (if you don't have any. or death that may occur from the use of these electronic firework igniters. They are designed to use in conjunction with my Fireworks Controller . one per igniter Electrical tape Grade #3 steel wool (commonly used to remove paint and clean engines) Tools Needed Scissors (or teeth. Use at your own risk. Use these igniters ONLY IF : It is legal to launch fireworks where you live You are using factory/store bought fireworks You are far away from dry grass The launching area around the fireworks is clear There are adequate safety features on your controller to reduce the chance of an accidental detonation while connecting the igniters The author (Systemf92) is not responsible for any accident. then your local hardware store should carry them. as long as the gauge is not smaller than the steel wool you will be using.) Matches.

wires stripped 1/2" from ends Image Notes 1. Line up the wires on both sides of a match. standard matches step 2: Tape wires to the match First.instructables. with one end of the stripped wires lined up with the match head. cut two 3" pieces of wire for your igniter. Image Notes 1. Make sure they have stayed on opposite sides of the match after you tape them to it. scissors 3. wire strippers 4. See the second picture below for the placement of these wires. Strip about 1/2" off of each end. electrical tape 6.com/id/Fireworks-Igniter/ . small gauge hookup wire 5.Image Notes 1. Grade #3 steel wool 2. electrical tape http://www. Wrap electrical tape around both wires and the match to hold them in place.

Take your ball of steel wool and look for a long. Wrap the steel wool around the head. steel wool crosses match twice http://www. When you have done this. Extra length can be cut off when we are finished. we can add the heating element. This will keep it from slipping off when we wrap it around the match head. so find a good one that is about 3" long. Then.step 3: Wrap the match head with steel wool Now that the wires are taped to the match. thick piece. Image Notes 1. pinch the end of the steel wool strand between one of the wires and the match.com/id/Fireworks-Igniter/ . Too little. The pieces are not uniform throughout the ball. wrap excess back around the wire 2. After wrapping the steel wool around twice. pinch one end of the strand between the wire and match Image Notes 1.instructables. so don't worry about having a piece that is too long. The number of times you wrap the steel wool around the match head is important because if the steel wool wraps around too many times it will just conduct and not heat up. as seen in the first photo below. loop it around the wire you started on a bunch of times to take up the extra length and hold it in place. and back to the wire you started on. See photos below for more detail. First. and it burns up before it can ignite the match. steel wool. you should have two strands of steel wool crossing each side. do this once more (wrap it around the match twice). around the wire on the opposite side.

http://www. This is the final step. fold the ends of the wire back over the loops in the steel wool to keep them from sliding off the end of the igniter. and you are ready for ignition.com/id/Fireworks-Igniter/ . an ideal piece of steel wool Image Notes 1.Image Notes 1.instructables. steel wool crosses match twice step 4: Secure the steel wool After the steel wool is wrapped around the match and connected to each wire.

you should be able to prop the igniters up in a way that will keep them near enough to the fuse of a firework to ignite it.instructables. even if the match has already been burnt up. as seen in the picture below. just connect the leads of the speaker wire to the terminals when you are ready to fire. because there is usually at least one igniter that does this in a batch of 12 being used at once.com/id/Fireworks-Igniter/ . Things to consider: Make sure that the alligator clips are not touching each other.) When the igniter is used up. Video of ignition http://www. as this would cause a short circuit Make sure the exposed wires near the match head of the igniter are not touching each other If the igniter does not ignite after 1-2 seconds of pushing on the ignition button (applying power to the circuit) stop pressing it or you will short out your controller/battery because the full current is flowing back to it. Keep track of what you have fired already. These igniters are designed to be used with 12v DC power. it ideally will completely break the connection between the two wires. so a channel might show up on your controller as still being unfired. Connect one alligator clip to each lead on the igniter. Connect the opposite end of the long speaker wire to one channel on a fireworks controller . connect it to a long run of two conductor cable such as speaker wire with alligator clips on one end. but it works.Image Notes 1. Depending on the thickness of your speaker wire. but sometimes it doesn't. This isn't the safest option. Leaning the match heads right up against the fuse itself has worked well for me so far. If you do not feel up to the task of constructing an entire controller. which is the right amount to correctly heat the steel wool. rather than having the resistance of heat in the steel wool. fold wires over the steel wool step 5: Using the igniters To use the igniter. using a 12v battery will work fine too.

the more power it has the more chance it will work. Nov 3.instructables. easy nichrome wire igniters by that one guy Remote Ignition System: Camera Flash Method (video) by bballchamp1 Advertisements Comments 47 comments Add Comment akanan says: I had 4 9v batterie in series.Related Instructables Detonator box Ignition Fireworks Pyro box electronic igniter by larsjet The Easiest Electronic Electronic Ignitor EVER!!! Fireworks by igniter/Detonators laserlacrosse59 by MrBrownstoo Mini electronic detonator by Davidnipp PYRO DETONATOR 2 igniter detonator fireworks pyrotechnics by larsjet Fireworks Controller by systemf92 cheap.com/id/Fireworks-Igniter/ . 10:15 AM REPLY thepaul1993 says: in series it justs up's the voltage. in parallelit ups the amps. 2009. i have the exact same steel wool why? Oct 3. 2009. And it didnt light the match. try connect them in parallel. 9:57 PM REPLY http://www.

all I have is small gauge. 12:38 PM REPLY HI i have a problem.instructables. Aug 12. 2:58 AM REPLY Very "Mwuhahaha" of you. 2009. 2009. Make sure that the strands you use are as thick as you can find so that they spend more time heating up to light the match instead of burning up on ignition.ktalex says: did you check the output voltage? Oct 13. and if you use about a 2 inch long strand of small gauge that's about 1/4 inch in diameter. place 12V across. 8:02 PM REPLY codongolev says: Aug 12. i'll have to try this. but it still works. 2009. 2009. Aug 9. the steel wool actually lit the match before it started to burn.com/id/Fireworks-Igniter/ . I appreciate the help :) codongolev says: Aug 13. Is this an issue of wrapping around it to many times or what. 12:09 PM REPLY yeah. 2009. 8:01 PM REPLY got it workin' with a 12 volt ac adapter-.giving you time to run even further. 6:01 PM REPLY valdspar says: Jul 30. 9:43 PM REPLY http://www. it works great! Sep 18. and it still works. systemf92 says: Aug 3. 1/4 watt resistor stuck to the firework fuse. ive been trying to put this together. Also.com Sep 19. 2009. it's not really instant. 6:44 PM REPLY jon_nic says: Oct 2. it takes longer to heat up. 2009. it will light in about 30 seconds. funwithfire93 says: y uses aligator clips y not use longer wire? and im trying to rig aton of them together do u have any suggestions Aug 22.electricigniter. systemf92 says: interesting. misanthrope13 says: Aug 3. It's stronger than the wool so it's easier to wrap around the match. in my test. and found this no-burn spark to happen when I used a small guage of steel wool. though one loop around is enough. Would it be possible to hook this up to a bank of capacitors to make a cleaner ignition? Thanks for this instructable. 2009. 2009. also. 2009. but i use a 10ohm. but when i actually try and light the ignition i only get a spark buy where i wrapped around the steal wool. 2009. 9:46 AM REPLY you might try checking the steel wool to make sure that each loop around the wires is in full contact with the match. 2009. 5:45 PM REPLY batman96 says: I built this. It also seems to take a little longer to burn than the wool. 2009. codongolev says: if you use more.I just tested it a bunch of times. 9:37 PM REPLY DeeStructables says: Aug 31. if you add more. 2009. which means that it is burning up too quickly to light the match. and this seems like a great ignition. 6:53 PM REPLY another way to do this is to take the wire setup and place it on a piece of celophane pour a SMALL amount of BP on it and cover with duct tape leaving some of the sticky part over the plastic so you can tape it to the explosive device chelsea517 says: good. but it's more reliable. very good. www. 9:15 AM REPLY pattermon says: ooohh ya!! Sep 8. The resistors burn and the firework ignites pyra_builder_1337 says: Sep 30. we also have a special website for this.I added more steel wool. I was having this problem when I first started experimenting with designing a reliable lighter. 4:10 PM REPLY Yo! Great ignitor! What I found which works better than the steel wool is a single strand of copper wire. 2009. 5:45 AM REPLY nice idea.

2009. you might try that. 3:25 PM REPLY scienceboy63 says: can I use a 9V ignitor Jul 4.com/id/Fireworks-Igniter/ . doing so could be very hazardous and potentially fatal. Jul 8. 12:59 AM REPLY Raydoom says: nice Igniter . 8:21 PM REPLY systemf92 says: Jul 6. How many volts did you use ? Aug 3. 4:06 PM REPLY pontiacking says: Jul 16. 2:34 AM REPLY systemf92 says: 12v Aug 3. Jul 6. 2009. glad you like it. now we're talking. 2009.bighead5454 says: hey if you use this with a model rocket controller by clamping the alligator clamps to the wires then it would be awesome Aug 8. 10:02 AM REPLY systemf92 says: Jul 25. 3:29 PM REPLY I dont have a very secure way of doing this right now. 2009. bowmaster says: Have a bit (~1 inch) of steel wool hanging off. 10:37 AM REPLY systemf92 says: thanks. Then wrap it around the fuse. Jerimiah40 says: How would you recommend attaching this to the actual firework? Jul 5. 2009. 3:25 PM REPLY barry_allen7 says: Sweet! I love this. 2009. I have also thought of using something like a paperclip to hold the ignitor to the fuse. 2009. good idea Jul 8. 2009. 7:39 AM REPLY systemf92 says: ahh. 2009. 2009. but what has always worked for me is to just lean the match head directly on the fuse or slightly below it. 9:43 AM REPLY cdousley says: coul you tape this to the fuse or would it be better to take the fuse out and put this insude Jul 25. Be safe. 2009. 11:02 AM REPLY only use these igniters by attaching them to an existing fuse on the firework. 8:54 AM REPLY http://www. 2009. and don't just stick the igniter inside somewhere. 2009. The ignition wire I have running from the board to the ignitor is also thick enough to bend roughly into a position and stay there to ignite the fuse. 2009. Great job! Jul 4. 4:36 PM REPLY systemf92 says: awesome.instructables. 1:38 PM REPLY If you wrap a 1in. Do Not modify the firework. pice of fuse to the match win you wrap the match head with steel wool you can tape the fuses together ARA-GhOstKrieg says: Very useful! Jul 5. 2009. Jul 6.

. the wire seems reusable enough. in the middle instead of a match? Jul 2. but who would want to reuse them while they're doing the show? systemf92 says: Jun 17. the wires may be reused if you want to. Jun 20. lieuwe says: wires will stay ok for re-use. Sure would be easier if it could though.com/id/Fireworks-Igniter/ . 1:09 PM REPLY systemf92 says: awesome. per show. Stealth says: Could I stick a fuse. you could use one roll for two shows. The Ideanator says: Jun 17.. When you do. hope it works well for you. 2009. Let me know if you have any questions. 2009. Jun 21. 2009. 5:47 AM REPLY http://www. basically. but the alligator clips will easily get through the soot on the folded over end when reusing them. 3:24 PM REPLY No. 2009. Use a 9V battery and try it out! Jul 6. 8:44 AM REPLY I believe spiff means that they can be reused after a show for another show at a later time. 2009. 2009. 2009. 5:26 PM REPLY Spiff73 says: Jun 17. 9:18 PM REPLY systemf92 says: thank you! Jun 26. They are thick enough to not melt. 2009. 2009.. 2009. but can the wires be reused or are you going through an entire roll of wire for a show? systemf92 says: Jun 17. Proud American Pyro says: That is pretty dang cool. the spark that might jump between the two wires will not ignite a firework fuse. to a fountain or something. 2009. 2009. 11:15 PM REPLY edfel01 says: thx this is all i needed to test my controller Jun 23.instructables. Jun 17. 2:18 PM REPLY systemf92 says: Jul 6. Jun 26. 2009. I'm glad you do. 2009. 6:22 PM REPLY edfel01 says: ya were testing it tommorrow Jun 26. Brilliant instructable too. 9:16 AM REPLY systemf92 says: thank you. I will certainly try them out. the plastic insulation might melt/burn but that shouldn't be a problem.. He means that you would go through lots of wire to be using 6" of it per igniter.systemf92 says: I'm not sure. stay safe on July 4th Jun 25. 7:01 AM REPLY I_am_Canadian says: Great work! I really like these. flip the wires around because black soot is left on the folded over ends of the wire. 8:37 AM REPLY Yes. 3:25 PM REPLY Mr. 4:46 AM REPLY What is the reusability of the igniter? I know the match and steel wool get used up. haven't tried it yet. but that's why we have to go through the trouble of doing all this with a match that will burn long enough to light the fuse. The steel wool will make better contact with clean ends. By reusing the igniter wires. and there usually isn't much insulation that melts off. 6:58 AM REPLY After watching the video. 2009.