How to Attach Electric Matches to Visco Fuse
|About this time of year we get lots of questions about attaching electric matches to consumer fireworks. That's because more and more people are using electrical firing systems to fire their 4th of July consumer fireworks shows, even at home. Here's how to do it.
Electric matches made using Skylighter's Electric Match Dip Kit (GN5051) and Electric Match Blanks (GN5040) put out a good amount of fire and can directly light visco fuse when connected end-to-end. Visco fuse is the green fuse used in most consumer fireworks (it is also called cannon fuse). But just taping the electric match to the visco fuse is not 100% reliable, so the connection technique you use is critical. Here's a little trick that works quite well for me when connecting electric matches to visco fuse and has given me 100% ignition so far.
How does it work?
When the electric match fires, the ematch sparks for only an instant. If the ematch sparks and fire do not directly hit the visco's black powder core, the electric match may fail to ignite the firework device. The blackmatch inside the quickmatch sleeve prevents this problem by carrying the fire forward, and increasing the amount of fire given to the visco fuse. This ensures that the slightest spark from your electric match will pass fire to the visco. The quickmatch's outer paper wrap directs the fire downward through the tube like a flamethrower, lighting everything in its path, including the visco.
"But, I live too far away to pick up quickmatch..."
Having quickmatch on hand does make this process faster, but all you need to make this work is blackmatch and a homemade tube to direct the fire. Skylighter's GN1205 is a great source of blackmatch, unless you want to make your own.
Well it's our fastest, shippable fuse. It burns at 1 foot per second! It consists of 3 strands of blackmatch with a light tissue paper wrapping. This tissue paper wrapping gives it a controlled fast burn great for chaining candle batteries, adding leaders to homemade festival balls, even chaining up your finale.