Helium Canister Fire Project

22nd April 2018

The weather here in Bristol has been stunning as of late. I thought I'd share a little project I did the other day with my friend Anton. This project has nothing to do with work, but a fun little project nonetheless.

As you may know, I perform a routine with helium balloons. 

This means, that I end up having more empty helium canisters at my house than the average person. I saw something a while ago about converting a helium canister into a fire for the garden, but I couldn't find any instructions on how to do it. After chatting with my main man Anton, we decided to have a go at it ourselves. Here are our steps.

1. Get a helium canister.

Find yourself a helium canister. Before doing anything, make sure it is empty. Do this by turning the valve completely anti clockwise, and angle the nozzle until it stops hissing. Then unscrew the valve. 

2. Mark out your door

Mark out the door clearly using a marker. 

3. Cut out the door. 

Make sure the canister is secure between a couple of bricks so that it doesn't roll around. Get an angle grinder and cut out the door. Be sure to wear protective glasses, trousers and shoes. 

Use the angle grinder to smooth off any rough edges. 

4. Attach door

Get yourself a hinge and a rivet gun. Attach the hinge to the door with the rivet gun. And then attach the other part of the hinge to the canister using the rivet gun.

5. Attach the latch. 

Get yourself a latch. Mark it and attahc it to the door and the canister using the rivet gun. 

6. Drill vent holes. 

Mark and drill holes around the edges and in the top of the cansiter for ventilation. 

7. Light it. 

Good luck. When we lit it, it was very smokey. So we drilled a few more holes and then it was ok. I think it needs a chimney flue, but we haven't figured that out yet. 

This was out first attempt at this. I am not saying it is safe to do, but we had a lot of fun and it was great to sit around at the bbq and cook marshmallows on. Good times! 

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