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    I am building a rocket rack for some stick rockets (Lite Em Ups and Pound Rockets). Planned on using 2 x 4's and PVC pipes mainly, but was wondering how far apart I should space each pvc pipe so it doesn't ignite the rocket next to it, or should I just cover the fuse with electrical tape and then I could space closer. Trying to get in as many as possible. Would like to have at least 50 tubes. Thanks for any advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backyard Pyro View Post
    I am building a rocket rack for some stick rockets (Lite Em Ups and Pound Rockets). Planned on using 2 x 4's and PVC pipes mainly, but was wondering how far apart I should space each pvc pipe so it doesn't ignite the rocket next to it, or should I just cover the fuse with electrical tape and then I could space closer. Trying to get in as many as possible. Would like to have at least 50 tubes. Thanks for any advice.
    Why wouldn't you want them to ignite the rocket next to them? The more rockets in a barrage the better! But, I would think you would have to play it by ear. Depending on the size of the rockets you would use, they may not fit right. You don't want them tight next to one another, that is asking for something to go wrong.

    http://www.pyrouniverse.com/forum/sh...ocket-Launcher

    Scroll down to post #9 and check out QMAN's rocket rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dude View Post
    Why wouldn't you want them to ignite the rocket next to them? The more rockets in a barrage the better! But, I would think you would have to play it by ear. Depending on the size of the rockets you would use, they may not fit right. You don't want them tight next to one another, that is asking for something to go wrong.

    http://www.pyrouniverse.com/forum/sh...ocket-Launcher

    Scroll down to post #9 and check out QMAN's rocket rack.
    Thanks, I was just looking for about a second delay in between each rocket.

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    Experiment with different fuse speeds and see which one best suits your purpose.

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    My rocket racks are 22" X 22" and hold 50 candles per rack. They are 30" high and angled 15 degrees. I attached 12" pieces of pvc to 3/4" plywood. I have 5 rows of 10 per rack.

    http://www.pyrouniverse.com/gallery2...t-rack/cat/511
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    Check out this link to one of my rocket racks. http://www.pyrouniverse.com/gallery2...-shoot/cat/501
    I put my tubes (1/2" & 3/4" EMT conduit) as close together as I could because you can skip a tube when you have large rockets or load every tube if you have skinny rockets.
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    I have been wanting to build one for a few months now I am thinking of doing the chicken wire on a milk crate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Corbett View Post
    Check out this link to one of my rocket racks. http://www.pyrouniverse.com/gallery2...-shoot/cat/501
    I put my tubes (1/2" & 3/4" EMT conduit) as close together as I could because you can skip a tube when you have large rockets or load every tube if you have skinny rockets.
    Bill bud, would you happen to have a vid of them going off? Looks sweet.
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    Here is a crappy video of the exact rack going off however there were two racks.
    http://www.pyrouniverse.com/gallery2...t-four/cat/500

    I'll find another video of them in full bloom at the 2009 St. Louis Shoot & post it soon.
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    I built this one and had great luck with it. It is 48 18" x 1/2" pvc. I fused each one with about a 2 sec delay. It was cool; they all went off as planned. Go me.
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    Here is a link for Wild Willi's video of 2 rocket racks blooming at the 2009 St. Louis Shoot.
    http://www.vimeo.com/7077588
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    [QUOTE=Bill Corbett;528101]Here is a crappy video of the exact rack going off however there were two racks.
    http://www.pyrouniverse.com/gallery2...t-four/cat/500


    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Corbett View Post
    Here is a link for Wild Willi's video of 2 rocket racks blooming at the 2009 St. Louis Shoot.
    http://www.vimeo.com/7077588
    Very cool! Thanks for taking the time to dig up those vids. I love rockets and what you did there was high up there on my list of how to make rockets even more enjoyable. I'm going to start a rocket rack just like yours this winter and can only hope for similar results.

    Thanks!
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    I really like those racks looks like I will have to find some materials.

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    I've got a vid of my 40 shot rack I'm gonna have to up load. Uses NiChrome wire and a car battery to light them all at once. Well, mostly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bagman View Post
    I built this one and had great luck with it. It is 48 18" x 1/2" pvc. I fused each one with about a 2 sec delay. It was cool; they all went off as planned. Go me.
    Very cool. This would be perfect for what I need, shooting off very similar size rockets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Corbett View Post
    Here is a link for Wild Willi's video of 2 rocket racks blooming at the 2009 St. Louis Shoot.
    http://www.vimeo.com/7077588
    Thanks for the video. Looks like it went off very nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloomboom View Post
    My rocket racks are 22" X 22" and hold 50 candles per rack. They are 30" high and angled 15 degrees. I attached 12" pieces of pvc to 3/4" plywood. I have 5 rows of 10 per rack.

    http://www.pyrouniverse.com/gallery2...t-rack/cat/511
    Thanks, this seems easy enough to make and would be quite effective for what I'm looking for.

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    Bagman that's a nice rack. I haven't made a new one in a couple years, but I have been itching to maybe. I was content with my design, but yours seems much easier to build than mine.

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    Here is a video of a case of Super Lightning going off in it. (Can't get them any more sorry) I'll blow the dust off this video for the new guys since I haven't posted it for a year or so. I can't remember the last time I even fired a rocket to be honest. LOL
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    Those rockets made me

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    Very cool! Thanks for taking the time to dig up those vids. I love rockets and what you did there was high up there on my list of how to make rockets even more enjoyable. I'm going to start a rocket rack just like yours this winter and can only hope for similar results.

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    Your welcome sir! Each rack cost me 40 bucks in supplies & took 4 hours to build. I was able to buy everything at wholesale cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bagman View Post
    I built this one and had great luck with it. It is 48 18" x 1/2" pvc. I fused each one with about a 2 sec delay. It was cool; they all went off as planned. Go me.
    Great design Bagman. I bet you can shoot the entire rack up with quick fuse and a few seconds.

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    Well I going to admit that I haven't shot rockets off in a few years but these racks are going to make me do some building.

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