"today's Excuse/reason To Fire" Thread

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  1. Heath Robinson Man

    Heath Robinson Man Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    Well last nights (18th nov) chilly low noise session went well. I had to go to do more site tidying from BFN and remove a couple of bags of spent firework remains. On nearing the site I discovered and picked up for disposal one of the rockets from my 15th nov session. Tut, tut, Hope My tidying is not making things worse. I fired 39 rockets and 37 non rockets for a total item count of 76 and also used a small pack of sparklers cos its fun. When gathering up the fresh firework remains several rocket heads from this firing were found as well as a near complete rocket stuck upright(ish) in very soft ground nearby. I do think I shall have to visit again soon to do a more detailed inspection and collect up any smaller bits of debris I can find.:throwbomb::bravo:
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  2. Heath Robinson Man

    Heath Robinson Man Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    Decided to manipulate the local weather conditions on the 24th november as it was very icy and cold. Using 50 low noise rockets and 41 other items I affected the local weather making it warmer and creating a little rain after I finished firing. I feel completely confident that my fireworks were responsible for the changes. I also tidied up a small amount of debris at the firing site that remained from prior firing sessions, e.g.- little card disks, tubes and various other paper and plastic fragments. "Hot hands" hand and feet warmers were used by myself to combat the freezing conditions of the night and make the firing a pleasant experience and not suffer the effects of the very cold weather.:sick2:
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  3. Heath Robinson Man

    Heath Robinson Man Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    I wanted to get one last firing in during November and on thursday my galactic delivery arrived...hmm good reason to fire, and it was also (being in Scotland) St Andrews Day. So double reason to fire, sadly it was not to be, Weather was at freezing point but otherwise good for firing...but I was not physically up to it. I even informed my nice galactic delivery man I was struggling to help with the delivery. Friday I was also not up to firing but hopefully today on saturday , things are better at the moment so a delayed delivery and St Andy Pandy low noise firing session looks likely.:firework3:
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  4. Heath Robinson Man

    Heath Robinson Man Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    Things went well enough on saturday 2nd december 2017 to enable a wonderful low noise firing session using a few more items than normal. Milder weather helped for a relaxing non rushed bit of firework fun and I included 7 wheels from various selection boxes to add to the enjoyment. All worked well and were in my view the highlights of the nights firing.
    I did notice some distinct variations in TNT items depending on which boxes they were supplied in. For example the small silver dart rockets have a fairly weak rocket trail from my experience of them from Livewire boxes but a few of the 6 fired had a substantial, decent trail which was far more to my liking. I suspect these were from a Pyrotime box. Minor differences in fuse or tissue colours used also indicate variations in manufacture that may account for performance variations.
    66 rockets failed to reach earth orbit and TNT mile high rockets do not perform as described as they got nowhere near that high but never mind as they looked good enough to me. 56 non rocket items were fired to give a grand total of 122 fireworks being pyronated. nb PYRONATED is correctly spelled as I just invented the term unless someone else can demonstrate prior use in which I will accede to any proven evidence. If its spelled different it does not count.
    ps...I collected up a few more bits of debris, including card discs and tubes as part of my site tidying efforts. I will still need to go again as I am very fussy and feel a need to clean up as much as it takes and however many visits it needs.
    I am contemplating doing an intellectual study as to why orgasms are sometimes described or depicted as being "like fireworks going off". For this study I may need to stage a number of firework firing sessions for "research purposes". If anyone can offer funding for the purchase of fireworks or is able to donate suitable fireworks it would be much appreciated, thanx.
    :10::wonga::lucky:
  5. Simon Weir

    Simon Weir Galactic Firework Enthusiast

    HRM, all this tidying up, do you not strip off the foil before firing? And all these attempts at winning the prize for an amateur space launch it sounds like 2 steps forward and 1 step back with the debris. I am only jealous as no opportunity for spontaneous firing ... oh to be a member of ARSE!
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  6. Jinn Kyja

    Jinn Kyja Super Moderator Competition Meet 2015 Champion

    Not exactly great weather for trying to recreate the Apollo 17 launch, but it was 45 years ago today and was the last launch that actually took men to the moon (if you can believe that nonsense.)
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  7. Heath Robinson Man

    Heath Robinson Man Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    Well as there was no chance of my being able to attend the Galactic Mine Meet due to the massive local snow fall and heavy clouds above threatening to produce a biblical level snowstorm at any moment to further the difficulties I decided for once to have a low noise firing session in consolation for missing out. (or was it a a Galactic Mini Chinese Meal Meet)
    Come to think about it a bit more it does seem to lack snow in my area despite it being -2 degrees. The sky was clear with no clouds and hardly any breeze or wind to speak of. So armed with some Hot Hands brand hand and foot warmers to combat the chilly willy weather an enjoyable low noise session was fired. 50 rockets attempted to reach space but were consistent in failing but were visually very pleasing. 32 non rockets were torched to add to the visual delight and amongst this lot was my compulsory "new item to fire every session" firework which happened to be a wee shot tube from a standard selection box. So 82 items were used in total plus a small pack of 5 sparklers just so I could put two fingers up to the weather's poor attempts at putting me off firing by being very cold.:chinese::panda::chill::chill::chill::firework3::yes:
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  8. Heath Robinson Man

    Heath Robinson Man Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    Saturday evening the 16th december 2017 hosted yet another wonderful low noise feuerwerks firing session with most items being either TNT or Weco. Very cold and icy underfoot so hand and foot warmers were in use to make it a pleasant warm experience. 100 pyrotechnical items were ignited in the course of this display of flaming artwork and it consisted of 51 rockets and 49 non rockets. No success in the quest for space but that was expected as I was unable to see the moon so didn't know the proper direction to aim the rockets.
    Items included He licks , 8 fannies , singing bird., another second Helix.... hmm oops that does not seem quite right,,,,oh well lets abandon the list of Wee co or is it Weako and Tnt , etc items before getting into a bigger mess.
    NB, I know have 2 Weako Dicke Bertas and plenty of packs of small tnt fanny founts. The Dicke's are CE so are banned from my new year firing sessions as they will be exclusive to old spec BS items. Being noisy they cannot thus be used until Chinese New Year. I have decided to make up some of my own "COMPOUND" fireworks and will be making up 2 examples using the fireworks mentioned. in memory of the old Standard blue touch "Devil amongst the Tailors" a suitable name for my own design "compound" fireworks has been created and it is.......wait for it......."Dicke amongst the Fannies"

    Planned firework extravaganzas are for the 21st (winter solstice) , and the 25th (fairy feasting firework self-indulgence day) and also displays on new years eve (evening) as well as Jan 1st 2018 starting at midnight. Much prep work and firework sorting out was done early so not last minute rushes leaving time for water proofing etc if required though all planned firings are subject to change depending on my health conditions and the weather conditions.
    :sparkler::coffee:
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  9. Heath Robinson Man

    Heath Robinson Man Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    Well today I discovered that one of the plastic nose cones of one of my Blue Apollo rockets was badly broken and that it will need a new nose cone for its intended space exploration mission.
    A decision to experiment with improved nose cones of a lighter design was made as this may help in reaching space as we seem to think the rockets are a bit too heavy as they are. We also have looked into making the nose cone more streamlined to further assist with getting faster acceleration , a higher top speed and greater altitude. Being more responsible than other space agencies, at least we admit to our failures and don't pretend to have gone somewhere man has still never been, we have decided to make the new nose cone design more eco friendly in case of failure and also take into account potential encounters with extra-terrestrial life forms being positive and approached in a friendly helpful manner.
    Our new nose cone design's details will be revealed when the first test of its features takes place in the early hours of new years day 2018. We would not like others to steal our wonderful new design, developed at great expense, for them to wrongly try and get credit for it. It is hoped that I will be able to supply images of the new cone design on its rocket around that time.
    :bravo:
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  10. Heath Robinson Man

    Heath Robinson Man Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    Well thursday 21st of December 2017 was the Winter Solstice so an appropriate firework firing session was carried out which was essentially low noise but pushed it a bit with a Bright Star "Stinger" cake and a Cube Shivoo Dancer large cone that has a fairly loud crackle finish. 50 rockets were sent spacewards without gaining enough height to achieve full space travel. Ie they ran out of puff, exploded somewhat and the remains fell to earth. 52 other fireworks of non rocket type were also fired for a grand total of 102 items.
    A pack of sparklers added to the fun. As it was a warmer night , though misty/light fog at times, there was near calm conditions and I included some wheels which added to the firing time and also as it was the Winter Solstice an intermission (like in cinemas and theatres (though no sexy usherettes coming round with ice lollys , drinks etc)) was introduced. During this break in the firing a Chinese Lantern was successfully launched though it nearly crashed into the nearby water (inches from disaster). A good fun night and not so cold as to require use of hand or feet warmers.
    Roll on to the fun, feasting and fireworks on the 25th December for the next exciting episode of Space travel adventuring.:high:
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  11. Heath Robinson Man

    Heath Robinson Man Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    In regards to the 25th December the planned ASSES launch firings were postponed even though it was marginally possible to fire in the light rain that fell all evening the deciding factor was my disability issues played up to a level that meant it was not possible. Besides , we could hardly aim for the moon and space if we could not see it.
    Fortunately I was well enough on the 26th to be able to fire so Boxing day evening was chosen as being the latest space exploration launch extravaganza.(NB not an alcohol induced issue as still not had any for weeks...awww) The weather was cold but clear with very little wind. Cold meaning -4 or -5 degrees centigrade and by all accounts from weather charts we had local area high humidity. It was a low noise session and I included some various non-rocket fireworks to entertain the expected crowd of 50,000 between launches. These included some wheels and large cone fountains (eg Cube Shiva's Gold larger version as 2 types were made.)
    The crowd was not as large as expected and speculation as to why suggests the very bad weather was responsible. Signposts being obscured by heavy frost layers being one issue as well as very icy roads being impassable or possibly blocked by accidents in the atrocious conditions.
    Non rocket total item count was 47 items and rockets totalled 50 for a grand amount of 97 items of ignite-able magnificence.
    The moon was out so a successful set of launches appeared to be potentially possible. Alas it was not to be. All rockets failed to reach space. We feel the failures can be attributed to the extreme weather conditions. Not only were the rockets exposed to severe frosting and ice build ups weighing them down and affecting the aerodynamics in a bad way but we feel it must have been the reason behind why they were exploding in the air. Additionally the high humidity and low temperatures made the air low down extremely dense by normal standards thus making it far harder for the rockets to gain speed and power through the thicker air. We shall have to consider firing only when its nice weather maybe, though it may be impractical.
    One particular rocket failure spectacle was when a TNT Cyclone rocket took off leaving its pretty black painted stick in the launch tube.The stick was not stuck. The rocket appeared fine when loaded up with many others for firing. It seems to be the case that the damp cold conditions it was exposed to for 20 minutes or so must have weakened the joint between the rocket body and stick to a fatal degree. The launching top section of the rocket did 2 wild out of control loops before smashing into the ground safely away from myself and any spectators. Its motor ran for a while before it exploded in an attractive spinning blast. Please note; you may have seen videos of other space rockets etc in which similar incidents occur and whereas those reckless types rockets explode in one big dangerous bang our rockets are designed to be so much safer as they are designed to use up fuel in a more controlled way in the event of crashing rather than all in one big go.
    All said and done it was an interesting night and the cold was not an issue for ASSES staff as they were all using Hand and Feet Warmers ( we are a responsible employer fully considering the health and safety and welfare of our prestigious and highly qualified staff members.
    :slap::pussy::perv::up yours::smoke: :ty:
  12. Heath Robinson Man

    Heath Robinson Man Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    Rather late reporting as the New year firing sessions took a big toll on my capabilities what with my disability issues. I did manage to do 2 all BS spec firing sessions with Cube items as the main focus but as things were plans were changed due to my underestimating the weight and bulk of fireworks to be used and the very bad weather. The main changes were in rockets planned to be used and in moving some of the less noisy Cube items to the New years eve session which was intended to be restricted on noise levels to milder bangs with crackles and whistles etc.
    The weather locally was very bad for firing with strong winds blowing, considerable amounts of rain showers (some with a fairly considerable rainfall) and very cold (circa -just above freezing). Needless to say it was very boggy underfoot with many puddles etc to negotiate on the approach to the firing site. Part way through I ended up putting on waterproof over trousers in a failed attempt to not get my trousers too waterlogged.
    Most larger items and groups clustered and linked together had been waterproofed so they were not too much of a problem and gaps in the rain were used for firing the non water proofed smaller items. plenty of fountains , candles , small mines and shot tubes with a couple of smaller cakes of "Epicure Pickles" brand. Most stuff was Tnt with some Cube (sport box items and shiva and shivoo large cones and couple of shell attack candles), some "Weeko" brand items and "Stan Dud" fireworks labeled items were amongst what was ignited . The weather and strong wind had its biggest effects on rockets as I did not wish to risk firing the Weeko rockets I had with me as from experience they tended to have fairly modest motors for their size and weight and not up to performing in strong wind in my view. Luckily I had some TNT ball head types and TNT TFI rockets which were stronger fliers and 13 of these were fired in very bad conditions.
    I set off back home at approx 9.10 pm soaked through, cold and knackered with the unfired rockets etc for a rest and drying off to prepare for the post midnight New years day session.
    Non rocket items fired added up to 59 items for a grand total of 72 fireworks being used.
    :smoke:
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  13. Heath Robinson Man

    Heath Robinson Man Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    My session on the 31st December was my 42nd and last firing session of 2017 which included 36 low noise sessions. The experimental nosecone Blue Apollo rocket has been retained and should be fired in my upcoming chinese new year firework celebrations.
    Now onto the New Years firing session with lighting up starting about midnight. A full change of clothing was required including coat and jacket with only re-used items being Workboots and waterproof over trousers after a brief drying session. A fresh load of fireworks was gathered up but keeping all items to those that could be transported and protected from rain in a holdall and my 4 wheeled baby walker shopping trolley (walking aid...holdall sits on top most the time to avoid carrying the weight).
    Weather wise the wind was stronger, it was colder though the rain persisted much of the time it was a touch lighter. All non rocket items had been fully waterproofed and boards, stake and rope was already at the firing site for setting up. This was soon done , though rockets were kept in the holdall until needed as only some fuse rain protection was on some of them. Setting up lines of rockets in my racks was not feasible so it was only a few rockets at a time when required due to the extreme conditions.
    Hand warmers were being used for this far noisier but shorter session to keep warm. Lighting was by portfire when I could get some lit. Not too bad at first but problems later as the cold meant all the lighters played up. Further hand warmers were then employed to encourage the lighters to produce flame to light fags and portfires.
    As my display was mainly Cube themed it consisted of 4 Cube cakes of larger bore being Voodoo, Titan, Turbo and Daytona. They were all very good and I was most happy with every one of them. A guest cake to add to the fun was Royal Party's 1001 Nights which provided a nice contrast with smaller but widespread and more numerous bursts than with the Cube cakes. 6 mines of the 3 inch Cube variety , namely 1 each of Fire and Diamonds and 2 each of Ice and Orchids delivered lots of noise and spectacle. To round things off I had the 2 remaining Cube Shell Attack candles and a pack of guest Cosmic Star strobe shot tubes. The shot tubes being weak on burst though good on height.
    Rockets were limited by holdall size and I brought back 6 cat 2 tnt ballhead types to fire. Proper stuff with normal sticks was the 4 smaller rockets from a the Cube Nebulas pack. (the 5 bigger ones live for another day).Added to these were 4 similar sized double burst rockets of the "Epicure Pickles" brand with names describing bad windy weather (hmmm how appropriate). These 8 rockets were fired early on and not long after serious issues getting a portfire to light wasted between 5 and 10 minutes. The lighting up and keeping portfires going issue was solved by the fortuitous event of my Cube Daytona deciding to go up in flames after firing....likely due to the fan effect of the strong winds.
    Oh, there was some BIG rockets too....10 of at least 140 g approx and upwards and all BS spec and all folding stick types...very handy to fit in holdalls and that includes the jointed launch tubes. Types were 2 of the Total FX Ressurection, 2 of "Abbssyy Fabbbssyy " brand Blick Wadow, and 6 items of "Genghis Khunt" brand being 2 of "Colostomy" and 4 of "Nae mae sis" (scots for your not shaggin my sister or summat like that.) Well thats what I think they were called ,,,hard to be sure with raindrops on my glasses and it being dark etc
    I fired the wee tnt ballheads at the end to finish off but they seemed very weedy following the big bastardin rockets.
    Erm, the Cube Daytona continued to burn well and burned fully right down to it's base whilst I was doing the basic tidying up.
    A fun session despite the vile conditions hampering things.

    Top items this year for rockets was the Blick Wadows....(same as last year) and for non rockets it was a Cube item......Titan (just edged it for me though all would have been worthy) ...(same make as last year as last years clear winner was a Cube Top Gun Candle battery). Mines were also worth a special mention as they should be if they are decent as they have great impact...this year it was 6 CUBE 3 inchers doing the business and last year it was the Cube Renegade and Reactor 4 inchers that supplied high quality action.

    Well that kicked off my 2018 firing with totals of 24 rockets and 18 non rockets for 42 items getting burned.:sparkler:
  14. Jinn Kyja

    Jinn Kyja Super Moderator Competition Meet 2015 Champion

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