Skateboarding is the ultimate cool, but it is even cooler, or rather hotter if your skateboard is throwing flames around. If you are done practicing your skateboarding tricks, you might want to build a flamethrower skateboard for yourself and be the talk of the town.
These instructions will teach you how you can light a flaming trail with the push of a button, sliding away on a skateboard with a little fuel tank. Watch the video of the flamethrower in action, and if it is your kind of thing, go on to the instructions:
If you are underage, do ask for adult supervision before you attempt to do this DIY project.
Here are the things that you need:
- Skateboard (Duh!)
- 12V universal fuel pump
- 12V rechargeable power supply
- Arcade style push-button with microcontroller switch
- Universal electronic spark generator
- 10oz fuel canister
- 1/4″ vinyl tubing
- Hose barb reducer
- Velcro tape
- Hose staples
Step 1: Check if the components fit
Before you go on to placing everything permanently; arrange all the components where they belong to see if they fit perfectly without causing any hindrance to the wheels. The pump and the tank placement will be a bit complicated so make sure the vinyl tube can connect to the tank without a sharp turn.
Step 2: Attach Components
If you are satisfied with the arrangement, start attaching the components using velcro tape on the underside of the board. Instead of using glue, velcro tape is preferred so you can remove the tank and battery for refueling and recharging.
The fuel pump, however, is heavy, so you will need screws to attach it.
Step 3: Operating Switches
You can either operate the board circuitry with a hand remote, on with buttons on the board. It is obviously preferable to not hold things in hand so place the operating switches on the board itself. The switches will handle the fuel delivery and the spark generator. You will need to drill holes in the board to screw in the switches.
Step 4: Electronics
The following sketch gives the layout of how the electronics will fit under the board. The fuel pump runs on 12V DC so you can pick a power supply of choice.
Step 5: Spark Installation
The igniter has two electrodes, close enough that electricity can jump between the two. You can fix them on the underside of the board, close enough to the ground to it can light the fuel, with the help of a metal bracket.
Step 6: Fuel Tank
The fuel tank has a cap with two holes, one for transferring fuel and the other one for ventilation. A small kink will prevent the fuel from moving out of the vent hole.
Step 7: Barbed Adapters
The hole on the fuel tank for fuel transfer is very tiny, so you will need a barbed adapter to connect it to the vinyl tube.
Step 8: Layout
You are almost done but have a look at the layout of the board to see if everything is in place.
Step 9: Go Flamethrowing!
You might think it is dangerous but the chances of something bad happening a pretty slim with the 10-ounce fuel tank that is not even under pressure. Just make sure you are moving forward when the fuel lights on fire.
Source: Mike Warren | Instructables