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(Patch)   Spudzooka used to launch potatoes, damage property, make fries   (caldwells.patch.com) divider line 30
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2013-04-03 07:14:50 PM
"would you like fries with that?"
 
2013-04-03 07:15:30 PM
Remember Herman Farbage,
While taking out his garbage,
He turned around and he did see
Potatoes hiding in his tree.
Now he's just a memory!
 
2013-04-03 07:28:10 PM
We live in Florida. My son make them for oranges. Uses a piezoelectric spark maker.
Sounds like a mortar when fired. Great stuff.
 
2013-04-03 07:29:13 PM
Best Korea first strike
/sup
 
2013-04-03 07:30:02 PM
Had one growing up. Great time. Used to aim them at our stop sign down the street. We missed a few times, but luckily there were no cars parked on the street. Loud as shiat too.
 
2013-04-03 07:32:44 PM
The secret is Aqua Net. Lots and lots of it.

//misses college and free time
 
2013-04-03 07:34:18 PM
I think my spud canon is still in the rafters of my garage. Except when it fired, the potatoes became mashed on impact. Schedule 40 PVC, threaded removable barrel, piezo ignition. Really wish I lived back in the sticks again.
 
2013-04-03 07:38:17 PM

RoadRage78: I think my spud canon is still in the rafters of my garage. Except when it fired, the potatoes became mashed on impact. Schedule 40 PVC, threaded removable barrel, piezo ignition. Really wish I lived back in the sticks again.


"Piezo ignition" - so fancy. Back in the potato musket days we used gas grill igniters. AND WE LIKED IT!
 
2013-04-03 07:40:22 PM

scottydoesntknow: Had one growing up. Great time. Used to aim them at our stop sign down the street. We missed a few times, but luckily there were no cars parked on the street. Loud as shiat too.


Had one guy who was always making them... improving on them... making them bigger, better, electronic ignitions.. the works.
Used starter fluid spray as the "combustion fluid"... he had made a nice one and we were all taking turns. One guy has his turn, jams in an extra-large potato, all the way down in, then when he squirts in the started fluid a few of us comment this one will shoot pretty damned far... or blow up.. with that much in it.  He hits the ignition button and all we heard is "pfffsssttttt", and we start backing off real fast!  He just stands there looking helpless... holds it away from himself as far as his arms will reach, then POOOFT - shoots out the potato and knocks the launcher out of his hands at same time...  even with dropping it, it went farther than the rest of our shots.

/not worth it almost exploding tho
//insert gif of po-ta-to saying animation here >  <
 
2013-04-03 07:42:04 PM
And it's now a DLC weapon available for Soldier.

/along with a potato hat
 
2013-04-03 07:44:32 PM
My dad has one of these for scaring ospreys away from the lake during the crane hatching season.  Worked "ok" the first couple of times, until the magpies figured out that the big FWUMP noise meant "someones throwing food!" and would come and swarm the impact site.

Actually, now that I think about it, the ospreys did start preying on the magpies, so I guess it worked out in the end.
 
2013-04-03 07:47:23 PM
Stupid kid tip: a motorcycle helmet and overturned card table do not offer adequate protection from a point blank potato blast.
 
2013-04-03 07:47:45 PM
The secret is Aqua Net. Lots and lots of it.

Or starter fluid, which is primarily ether.
 
2013-04-03 07:48:19 PM

The Pope of Manwich Village: RoadRage78: I think my spud canon is still in the rafters of my garage. Except when it fired, the potatoes became mashed on impact. Schedule 40 PVC, threaded removable barrel, piezo ignition. Really wish I lived back in the sticks again.

"Piezo ignition" - so fancy. Back in the potato musket days we used gas grill igniters. AND WE LIKED IT!


That also is a piezo ignition.  You can be cool and say "two-stage piezo ignition".
 
2013-04-03 07:49:29 PM
Combination hookah and coffee maker, also makes Julienne fries. Will not break!
 
2013-04-03 08:02:14 PM
Meh, I meant piezo igniter.
Damn autocorrect.
 
2013-04-03 08:27:01 PM

The Pope of Manwich Village: The secret is Aqua Net. Lots and lots of it.


I can tell you know what the fark you're talking about! Actually I've been told that Aerostart is even better.

Friend of mine had one of these. It exploded in his car and bruised the hell out of another guy's leg.
I think this is because he used drainage pipes which have a much larger diameter but aren't designed to deal with pressure.

Another friend had one too, he said he put a cup of fries from McDonalds in the barrel and launched it. He said it went off well, and was really comical, like a french fry shotgun.
 
2013-04-03 08:46:44 PM
Evey kid in walking distance of a hardware store and free time has built one.
 
2013-04-03 08:50:43 PM

spamdog: The Pope of Manwich Village: The secret is Aqua Net. Lots and lots of it.

I can tell you know what the fark you're talking about! Actually I've been told that Aerostart is even better.

Friend of mine had one of these. It exploded in his car and bruised the hell out of another guy's leg.
I think this is because he used drainage pipes which have a much larger diameter but aren't designed to deal with pressure.

Another friend had one too, he said he put a cup of fries from McDonalds in the barrel and launched it. He said it went off well, and was really comical, like a french fry shotgun.


We used AN because is was 1/5 the price of starter fluid at the time...and it was readily available at the Pump & Munch at the end of our block.
 
2013-04-03 08:57:46 PM
One of my neighbor's kids and his best friend are a couple of real "Tim the Tool Man Taylor" types.  I'm pretty sure that if the two of them had been involved in the Manhattan Project, it would have been a bigger bang.  So they're messing around with spud guns and then the friend gets a bunch of schedule 80 PVC.  Their combustion chamber was  a couple feet of 6" pipe with a piezo igniter and an intake port for MAPP gas.  The barrel was 2" schedule 80, all nicely coupled down.  Fill that thing up with MAPP gas, have a potato stuffed into the barrel and hit the igniter.  Folks 2 blocks away were wondering how potatoes kept landing on their roofs.
 
2013-04-03 09:22:18 PM
Ours was "aqua-net powered" using a Coleman lantern flint (Piezeo?)(its protrusion into the firing chamber was sealed around).    We could put a large spud (bigger made a better seal) across three acres we had...across a cousin's property....across the highway and into a rice paddy.    Heavy gauge PVC.   It was too big to hold.  None of us dumb enough to.   Leaned it on fence with bunge on either side to catch recoil and keep it from moving much.   Distant lobbing of the potato.

I was amazed people put that shiat in their hair.
 
2013-04-03 09:26:00 PM
White rain works well also. However for a good time take 4 o steel wool and staple it to the back of the potato with a long staple, like those used to hold electrical wire, It ignites from the flame front and makes the potato a tracer round
 
2013-04-03 09:33:25 PM
Too bad the submitter didn't lie and say the link involved Lisa Ann firing a potato gun (made with a 3D printer) at North Korea while she smoked marijuana and played with an Xbox 720 beta sample...then this thread would have more action. Pity.
 
2013-04-03 10:09:46 PM
♫ Oh, no, they say he's got to go
Go go Spudzooka... ♫
 
2013-04-03 10:20:51 PM
Used to cut a one inch piece of the barrel and use it to size potatos in the store. Go weird looks from product managers
 
2013-04-03 10:28:23 PM
Incendiary cannons were fun, but my pneumatic canon far surpassed them all. Who wants to lug around an air compressor, though m
 
2013-04-04 12:24:47 AM

blackhonda: White rain works well also. However for a good time take 4 o steel wool and staple it to the back of the potato with a long staple, like those used to hold electrical wire, It ignites from the flame front and makes the potato a tracer round

Ooooh, must try this!!

 
2013-04-04 12:27:06 AM

blackhonda: Used to cut a one inch piece of the barrel and use it to size potatos in the store. Go weird looks from product managers


You can use a dremel to taper (sharpen) then end of the tube. That way the potato cuts off clean and makes a perfect fit.
 
2013-04-04 06:51:53 AM
shiat, I can remember one night launching spuds randomly into the East Orange, NJ ghetto from the private college tennis courts.

Dumb.
 
2013-04-04 10:48:27 AM
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