Smoke Animation with an E-Cigarette's Vaporizer

David Bodnar Jul 20, 2016

  1. David Bodnar

    David Bodnar TrainBoard Member

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    Good day, all - I have wanted to explore using the smoke generated by an E-Cigarette for some time and have finally finished that experiment and have posted the results on my web page:

    http://trainelectronics.com/Animation_Smoke/

    and on YouTube -

    The method of generating smoke that I describe is easy and inexpensive to implement. While it may not be appropriate for installation inside of a locomotive (It could be done but such things already exist!) it is ideal for smoke coming from a factory, burning house, car crash, etc.

    We used it at a train show last weekend and it was very well received!

    Have a look and let me know what you think

    dave

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  2. subwayaz

    subwayaz TrainBoard Member

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    I think that is interesting. I use e cigs myself and never thought of using them in that manner. Good one
     
  3. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Two words- "Very clever!" Before I'd even watched the video, my thought was of an industrial complex. Might be quite a crowd pleaser, on such as an N-Trak module.
     
  4. David Bodnar

    David Bodnar TrainBoard Member

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    I just added a 2nd video on YouTube that shows details on how the smokestack was set up on my module along with some video clips from a recent train show where it was displayed.

    It also shows an interesting discovery that can be used to improve the smoke flow from a chimney.

    See:



    dave
     
  5. Carl Sowell

    Carl Sowell TrainBoard Supporter

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    David,

    Thanks for the posting an answer to my questions, that I have not been clever enough to think of myself. I needed smoke generator for a fire scene on an N scale club layout that will be open during the fair in September. Not only a fire scene but I may try to use on an oil refinery to represent leaking steam and stack discharges. Very clever on your part indeed.

    Carl
     
  6. David Bodnar

    David Bodnar TrainBoard Member

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    It is good to hear that you liked the project, Carl - please let us know how your implementation goes.
    dave
     
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  8. David Bodnar

    David Bodnar TrainBoard Member

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    It looks good, Bill - thanks for the photos

    dave
     
  9. cajon

    cajon TrainBoard Member

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    Problem w/ any smoke generator none of them look like REAL smoke!
     
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  10. Caveman Chuck

    Caveman Chuck New Member

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    With our ban-anything-fun laws in California, is that legal in a public place or around children since you are producing propylene glycol vapors electronically?
     
  11. David Bodnar

    David Bodnar TrainBoard Member

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    Probably - even though the fluid that I use is pure vegetable glycerine (not propylene glyco) some folks are sure to object!
    dave
     
  12. WRustyLane

    WRustyLane TrainBoard Member

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    Thank you, Dave, for posting. I´ve seen the video before on you tube as I follow your projects pretty closely. I cannot wait to try this since I have quite a few e cigs and such trying to quit smoking. I´ve accumulated quite a store of e cigs and I´m sure I can get it to work. I have a gold refinery that I want to get smoking. The only thing I need to purchase now is the timer you used to turn the smoker on and off. Thanks again.

    Rusty
     
  13. David Bodnar

    David Bodnar TrainBoard Member

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    Good to hear that you like the project, Rusty - please let us know how it goes

    thanks

    dave
     
  14. PAPPY1

    PAPPY1 New Member

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    I like your idea but a question I would ask is after seeing different videos of E cigs catching fire on their own have you ever experienced any problems?
     
  15. David Bodnar

    David Bodnar TrainBoard Member

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    I have not had any fire issues - I believe that most such problems were due to the use of low quality lithium ion batteries.
    dave
     
  16. pdavidson

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    Does the vapor produce any products that would settle back down on the track or layout that would make it harder to clean?
     
  17. David Bodnar

    David Bodnar TrainBoard Member

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    I am sure that there is residue that settles on the track but I have never noted it on my module even after running the smoke generator for several days at a train show.
    dave
     
  18. Chops

    Chops TrainBoard Member

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    Well, you could use that smoke stack instead of a hand held vape. Just lean over and give it a good toke. :LOL:

    All kidding aside, I did a volcano some years back and used a mist generator from a plastic halloween pumpkin. This mist, however, was cold, and went down, not up. This makes me want to go make another volcano.

    I am not familiar with e-cigarettes. Can this be unit be used with like distilled water to avoid the additives?

    Really like that 30 second delay. Really a show stopper you got going on there. Well done!
     
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    Debbie Downer chimes in: Keep fire suppression on hand. Battery systems with some vape setups have been shown to be problematic and spontaneous!
     

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