Methanol Cannon Demonstrations Revisited
The methanol "cannon" is a popular demonstration where emphasis is placed on a vapor-phase explosive mixture simulating the explosions occurring in a car engine when a cylinder is filled with a fuel mixture from a carburetor. Here we describe two interesting variations to the demonstration. The first is a "chain" reaction using real metal chains. The second involves using easily available components to produce sequential explosions that can be musical in nature.
Jutte, L. S.,
Dolson, D. A.,
Dolson, M. E.,
Hall, M. R.,
& Battino, R.
(1995). Methanol Cannon Demonstrations Revisited. Journal of Chemical Education, 72 (8), 732-733.