How does a Pumpkin Cannon Work
Our "punkin chunkin" machine uses compressed air to send the pumpkin across the field. The large tank uses compressed air filled to about 25 psi for target shooting and when the valve is opened, all the air in the tank is expelled all at once. So even though there isn't a lot of pressure, there is a lot of air for a small pumpkin. For competitions, our cannon would be filled to around 150 psi which requires both a trailer-mounted air compressor as well as several air tanks filled to 400 psi. The valve itself uses compressed air around 100-125 psi (similar to what an air tool uses) to quickly open the valve. The faster the valve is open, the further the pumpkin will go. The barrel will take a pumpkin up to 8" in diameter and we have a ring that we take into the field when looking for that "perfect" pumpkin for distance shots. For shooting at the farm, we use "Cannonball" sized pumpkins.
Steps to shoot the Pumpkin Cannon
How far can it go?
Our pumpkin cannon, Hormone Blaster, set world records for the Adult Female division in both 2010 and 2013 and was world champion in 2010. 2013’s shoot was 4382.96 feet!
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