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Mythbusters Non-Dairy Creamer Cannon

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Posted: 09/11/2008 7:54 AM

Mythbusters Non-Dairy Creamer Cannon 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRw4ZRqmxOc

Think about this before you put it into your morning coffee.

There's non-dairy creamer in the cannon.  There's compressed air in the tank.  A flare is dropped into the non-dairy creamer and then the compressed air is used to shoot the creamer into the air.

Ingredients -- non-dairy creamer, air & a spark.

Results --

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Posted: 09/11/2008 8:25 AM

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On my off time I'm a pyrotechnic assistance for my friends pyro company.  We use creamora (sp?) creamer on occasion to make giant fireballs often as backdrops for rolling cars or some other stunt at the race track.  It's insane to me that this stuff is so flamable and people have no prob putting it in their cup o joe.  To be honest I never looked at the ingredients to figure out what was the flammable component, but now I am going to investigate it a little more.  I was just alway to in awe of the giant fire to really care much.  THats the pyro in me I guess.
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Posted: 09/11/2008 10:07 AM

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Same thing happens with flour. So, the best thing to do with grain is to keep it in a liquid state (beer). For safety's sake...

Also, ever take a steel wool pad (the kind without soap) and unravel it a bit, then put a match to it? It turns into a 4th of July sparkler.
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Posted: 09/11/2008 11:52 AM

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It's nothing inherent in the creamer that makes it explosive. Fine powder and dust suspended in air is highly flammable. The same principle causes grain silos to explode sometimes. I remember my high school physics teacher doing the same thing--on a much, much, much smaller scale--with cornstarch. You could do the same thing with baby powder or powdered sugar.
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Posted: 09/11/2008 12:17 PM

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The show demonstrated that it was significantly MORE flammable than other fine particles in the air.

"Going from Greg Knapp's ZBS to Alex Gibbs' ZBS is like going from Krusty the Clown to Stephen Hawking." -- dfarrar777, 1-12-2010.

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Posted: 09/11/2008 2:24 PM

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NJSeahawksFan wrote: The show demonstrated that it was significantly MORE flammable than other fine particles in the air.
 I stand corrected!

That does make you wonder why it's more flammable than other fine particles. I googled and found this breakdown of its ingredients...
http://www.wired.com/wired/arc...start.html?pg=5

Maybe the Sodium alumionosilicate makes it disperse more easily and evenly?

On a mostly unrelated note, here's another trick you can do with creamer (the liquid kind), that this thread reminded me of...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NOgvk21rQE
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Posted: 09/11/2008 3:24 PM

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Growing up in Eastern Washington, we were always warned about graneries. They're horribly flamable due to the high concentration of dust and grain particles in the air. Flour is horribly flammable.

And I wholeheartedly agree with GeekHawk - liquid grain is the best! And explosions ROCK!
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Posted: 09/11/2008 3:31 PM

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SeahawkSailor wrote: Growing up in Eastern Washington, we were always warned about graneries. They're horribly flamable due to the high concentration of dust and grain particles in the air. Flour is horribly flammable.

And I wholeheartedly agree with GeekHawk - liquid grain is the best! And explosions ROCK!

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Posted: 09/11/2008 7:48 PM

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My favorite mythbusters explosive was the dry ice liter cola bottle bomb. THAT was freakin' unreal. BANG!
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Posted: 09/12/2008 9:56 AM

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There might be a little something in creamer that makes it slightly more flammable than other particulates, but the real cause of combustion is proper carburetion.  That is, allowing the particulate to properly intermix with the oxygen in the air.  This experiment would work equally well with flour, cornstarch (most creamers are mostly cornstarch), or even finely ground potato buds.  In any case, it's cool to see this taken to the next level by using compressed air, and a road flare.

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Posted: 09/12/2008 3:27 PM

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Flattman wrote: My favorite mythbusters explosive was the dry ice liter cola bottle bomb. THAT was freakin' unreal. BANG!

Meh, I'd still go with the cement mixer.  Bada Boom!  BIG BADA BOOM!!!! 

 

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Posted: 09/12/2008 6:51 PM

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sutz12 wrote:
Flattman wrote: My favorite mythbusters explosive was the dry ice liter cola bottle bomb. THAT was freakin' unreal. BANG!

Meh, I'd still go with the cement mixer.  Bada Boom!  BIG BADA BOOM!!!! 

Hah!  I forgot about that.  That was jaw-dropping.  It looks almost like a badly-edited digital effect, even in slow-motion.  The truck cab is just suddenly not THERE, anymore. *laugh*
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