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Spark gap metals
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- Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2005 15:17:59 -0600
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Original poster: "Steven Steele" <sbsteele@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Why are ya'll so concerned about the metal your spark gaps are made of?
As long as your the metal has enough surface area( to radiate heat) and you
keep blowig air on it(like with a muffin man... I mean fan), it won't melt
and it would be fine.
You could even make a fine spark gap by replacing the copper pipes or
tungsten rods with old heat sinks from scrap computers.Besides, isn't
Trust me, I may be new at this, but I can tell you that fan cooled heat
sinks or at least copper pipe(the longer the better) will do just as good,
if not better, than tungsten rods.
Also, the tungsten rods have less surface area than a copper pipe and
therefore more likely to get really hot, and even though tungsten cand
stand more heat, it doesn't need to as long as you cool it right. Tungsten
rods are just a waste of money and tungsten.