jjohnson98 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 14 21:21:27 MST 2007
The smaller the wire the greater its resistance which causes more power loss
in the primary. The large currents in the primary will heat up the small
wire instead of making bigger sparks.
I have had good luck with winding copper tubing. Just make sure you build
some nice supports to snap the tubing in as you wind.
Steve Ward has some good pics on his site.
If you really get frustrated with the Cu tubing a larger gauge wire should
work ok too at your power levels. 4 or 6 gauge wire maybe.
On Nov 14, 2007 9:51 PM, Clive Hansen <mrclivehansen at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am building my first coil and am pretty far along in construction.
> So far I am using a 15kv 30ma nst to drive the coil. I have build a
> bottle cap which I calculated to be around 8nf. I have a static gap and
> am going with a 13 turn primary and a 1100 turn 4 inch diameter
> secondary with 24 gauge wire. My question is this: Can the primary be
> wound with 14 gauge house wire? I had quite a few difficulties winding
> one out of copper tubing.
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