DIY CO2 generator using household items / ingredients

DIY CO2 generator using household items / ingredients


Today on Made To Hack, I make a CO2 generator. [ ♫ – Intro Music Plays -] I recently needed some CO2 for another project but noticed at the last moment that my fire extinguisher was empty. I therefore decided to quickly build a CO2 generator from readily available things in the home. I begin by preparing a mix of 2 parts Sodium Bicarbonate (aka baking soda) and 1 part Citric Acid (aka Lemon Salt). Both of these ingredients are readily found in the baking isle at your local supermarket in case you don’t have them in your house to begin with. Once the mix was prepared, I put it away in some plastic containers for later use. You can see how fizzy the mixture is when mixed with water and activated. I then began building one of the two CO2 generators I made. The first one consists of PVC piping of approximately 40mm in diameter together with an end plug and a screw-on top plug. I drilled a 6mm hole in the end plug so that I can insert some plastic tubing With the hole drilled, I inserted the tubing and set it with some 10 minute epoxy. With the tube quickly set, I proceeded to fill the area surrounding the tubing with a more liquid plastic epoxy which sets over night. With the first generator complete, It was time to turn my attention to the second generator. This one was made using an old fizzy drinks bottle that I salvaged. If you want to make this type of generator, make sure to use a bottle which held a fizzy drink and not just a regular bottle of water or juice. It needs to be able to maintain some pressure. With a 4mm hole drilled into the cap, I inserted some aquarium silicon tubing which has a valve attached to one end. I also filled the surrounding area with a liquid epoxy mixture and set it overnight. After 24 hours, I began assembling both generators beginning with the PVC pipe. To the output end of the plastic tubing, I inserted a syringe needle so that I may be able to better direct the CO2 as it is generated. By the way, if you premix your Sodium Bicarbonate with the Citric Acid, make sure to store them in a dry environment not like I stored them. Otherwise you may get some premature fizzing. Luckily the mix still worked and I managed to test it. Finally, I also tried the fizzy drink bottle version of the CO2 generator and it also worked well.

2 thoughts on “DIY CO2 generator using household items / ingredients

  1. is this food grade? I can make the containers and tubeing food grade but i mean the actual co2. would it have anything in it?

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