Ordered Propane Poofer Components

A project log for Floating Fire Lotus

Flaming lotus flowers fabricated of steel, designed to float on water while flame effects are triggered from land.

Dustin HoffmanDustin Hoffman 01/01/2016 at 04:251 Comment

Well, after tons of research I've finally purchased my first batch of components from Poofer Supply! An accumulator, various regulators, pressure gauges, hoses, and a slew of irritatingly specific brass fittings for connecting everything together.

Research involved reading about existing projects which have used flame effects at a large scale, like the Flaming Lotus Girls' Serpent Mother, as well as thoroughly inspecting diagrams of poofers available online. Additionally I emailed Seth Hardy of Propane and Electronics to ask some specific questions about my design. Seth was incredibly helpful, helping me continue to form my understanding of all the design considerations involved in a system like this.

My original design for the poofer system was definitely very ambitious and non-specific enough:

I've reduced the scope of the project for now to a single poofer + lotus prototype so I can decide on the lotus' dimensions and the ambient effect of the poofer.

In researching these are some of the concepts I've found (hopefully correct):


Fred wrote 09/22/2017 at 17:38 point

Hi, I have emailed several people to get help and am struggling to get a reply. I was wondering if you made your project? I wanted to do exactly what your first project described with multiple poofers, but just 2. What is the correct way to feed them? Are 1 way valves the answer? What can you tell me about using 1/2" or 3/4" exit pipe about 5' tall? I don't need huge jets, but would like like puffs and rings and a 5' or so jet that lasts 2 seconds. Thanks!

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