I'd like to hear more about it.Where does one get carbide?
Where does one get carbide? How much does it cost? What makes this method dangerous? Is it more dangerous than, say, running a boiler for a steam engine? How can it be safely stored. Assuming acetylene is produced, how could the home user safely store it?
What can be powered with acetylene, aside from torches? Where does carbide come from?
There are a handful of sources, it depends on the quantity you are willing to buy as to whether they will bother selling to you or not. Your best bet would be locating a "welding supply store" that has an acetylene generation plant. They might
be willing to sell a coffee can amount to you.How much does it cost?
I couldn't really say anymore, but would expect that it wouldn't be much.What makes this method dangerous?
Acetylene is a highly combustible gas composed of carbon and hydrogen. Of course the carbide itself is pretty stable (as long as it doesn't come in contact with moisture).Is it more dangerous than, say, running a boiler for a steam engine?
I don't know a lot about boilers, couldn't say.How can it be safely stored?
Carbide must be stored in a very DRY and well ventilated area.Assuming acetylene is produced, how could the home user safely store it?
There lye's the problem. Once acetylene is produced, I'm not sure how a "novice" could safely store it. . . . As an "industry" product, acetylene is supplied dissolved in acetone (pumped in to a cylinder). Acetylene cylinders contain porous material capable of storing the acetone-acetylene solution. What can be powered with acetylene, aside from torches?
A common use way back when were miner's lamps and headlights on Model T cars.Where does carbide come from?
Calcium Carbide is a manufactured product.