Onstage Grill "Flare-up"

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  1. JC Bardzil

    JC Bardzil New Member

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    In our upcoming production of Tar Beach by Tammy Ryan, there is a moment in which a grill is supposed to flare up on stage (described as "a huge plume of fire").
    Does anyone have any thoughts on the best way to do this w/o any pyro? I think that trying to mount a hazer or fogger in the grill will be too large and wont output fast enough to read as a "plume".
    Thoughts?
     
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    JohnD Well-Known Member Fight Leukemia

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    Several things spring into mind.
    CO2 fire extinguisher
    One or more "Fog in a Can"
    I would also consider something like the Chauvet Geyser, with flashing red and amber leds for a flame effect to go with the smoke cloud.
     
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    BillConnerFASTC Well-Known Member

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    A CO2 fire extinguisher and some little LEDs "flashing" could do a decent job if the noise could be covered and some way to conceal it. Also consider a "puff" of something like flour or cornstarch - using a bladder or some air bag like device - and just step on it - a lot of air quickly - and lighting.
     
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    Chauvet geyser p6 makes an awesome flame effect. Will fit nicely inside grill dmx controlled. Just used it for Jekyll and Hyde.
     
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    or the new Chauvet Geyser P4 fits into a smaller space
     
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    ruinexplorer Sherpa CB Mods Premium Member Fight Leukemia

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    I second smoke in a can. That was the only way our AHJ would allow it on a production I did in Phoenix. Same idea. light from inside of grill. we rigged a trigger so that we could preifill the grill just before opening the lid for a bigger effect.
     
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    In middle school I made a video for a class project that involved filling a grill with tissue paper doused in lighter fluid and lighting it. I do NOT recommend this method. But it was fun.
     

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