Sometimes things just fall into place. In a weird sort of way. I’m trying to write a quick column tonight because I have to get ready for an alligator hunting trip next week. Really. I haven’t hunted much before but my long time pal Steve does it all the time. We’ve been entering the drawing for years, and this year we finally got picked. I get off the phone with him and start hitting my favorite sites looking for gadgets to write about. Over on hackaday I found a pointer to a video of a guy who built a flame throwing trombone. To bring it full circle my alligator hunting pal Steve is a former trombone player, although (as far as I know) not of the flame throwing variety. Maybe that’s all a stretch but I thought it was an interesting synchronicity.
Another pal Chris will appreciate this column as well, but not because he’s a trombone player.
Anyway, Jonathan Crawford scrounged up an old trombone, fitted it with a propane tank, drilled out torch, and BBQ spark igniter. The rest you can imagine, but you won’t have to, because there’s a video of it on youtube.
In our third annual contest, Design News and Allied Electronics are going to crown a winner in early 2016 for the best reader gadget submission this year, and once again, you, the readers, are the judges!
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