Kilauea Cove Build — Part 5: Smoke & Lights

  • Kilauea Cove - PaleoPixels Mounting
    Re-mounting the PaleoPixels to the bottom of the unfortunately-shaped duct.
  • Kilauea Cove - Bamboo Roof
    The section of bamboo facade that I built to cover the metal HVAC duct.
  • Kilauea Cove — PaleoPixels Installed
    PaleoPixels installed, with a reed fencing panel behind them, and the bamboo facade friction-fit to the HVAC duct.
  • Kilauea Cove — Smoke Mount v03
    3D-printed stand to support the miniature smoke generator inside the volcano tiki mug. The ‘hat’ was eventually removed.
  • Volcano Animation Frame
    One of the frames of the volcano animation video — originally 16x16 px.
  • Kilauea Cove — NeoPixel
    Close-up of a single NeoPixel, used to back-light an arcade button on the controller.
  • Kilauea Cove — Controller Circuit
    Soldering the volcano controller circuit in progress.
  • Kilauea Cove — Control Panel
    The circuit complete, a quick LED test before I close the control panel box.
  • Volcano Circuit v02
    The final circuit diagram for the volcano controller.
  • Kilauea Cove — Lighting Completion
    A beauty shot of the volcano nook before hiding the wires behind the reed paneling.

Mark Boszko

Believes in science. The artist formerly known as @bobtiki.

3 Responses

  1. Patrick says:

    Awesome job! A couple of questions please. Looking at the Seuthe webpage, it looks like they sell both steam generators and smoke generators – which did you purchase (and what model number to fit in the mug)? I’m wondering about the “fuel” for the smoke generator – do you know what the chemical is that is used?

    • Mark Boszko says:

      Patrick, I believe all of the Seuthe smoke generators rely on the same vaporizing principle and fluid, so there’s not much difference between them, aside from physical size and electrical specs. I chose the No. 5 model, because it fit well (they show size diagrams on all of their product pages, so you can check), and because it would operate off of the 5V power supply I had handy. That particular model works from 4.5V – 6V.

      The fuel for the smoke generator is a basic glycol smoke fluid that works by vaporizing the oil, just like you would buy for a Halloween fog machine. The Seuthe fluid may be a slightly different grade, but I’ve had fine luck using third-party smoke fluid. However, the generator comes with a small vial of Seuthe’s fluid, and you can buy 50ml and 100ml bottles of that (but it seems to be rather overpriced).

      You can read up on safety data sheets for similar fluid. It’s broadly used in the entertainment industry, and there might be some slight irritation if you inhale a lot of it, but it’s not toxic, and the very small Seuthe generator makes so little smoke, it’s not a real worry. You’re not going to be filling your entire house with smoke from this thing.

      Reminds me — I need to add the 3D smoke generator support model to the Github repository. Thanks for the kind words!

    • Mark Boszko says:

      The 3D-printable stand for the smoke generator is now up on Github.

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