giant smoke ring machine - burning-man 2005

This is the machine that creates the giant smoke rings!

I believe that it throws a large amount of fuel (probably gasoline) that is ignited in the air.­

The fuel is propelled using compressed natural gas, and the fuel is ignited just when it exits the vertical pipe (using a propane torch).­

The burning fuel creates a vortex, making a large black smoke ring in the sky.­

Photo taken at the Burning Man 2005 festival (Black Rock Desert, Nevada).­

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Black Rock City, Nevada, USA

Burning Man Festival

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Burning Man is yearly gathering of about 70,000 people, many from the San Francisco Bay Area, celebrating love, life, passion and art during one week in a desolated desert in Nevada.­

The event takes place each last week of august in an immense dry lakebed called Black Rock Desert.­ A temporary city is built where about everything is permitted except violence, money and commerce.­

The culmination of the event is the burning of a large human-shape figure in a giant bonfire, hence the name (Burning Man).­ The city disappears completely at the end of the week, leaving no trace.­

If this sounds interesting, check out the official Burning Man website at www.­burningman.­org.

Burning Man 2005 photos by Tristan Savatier.­

For information on this festival and to see my photos from other years, click here.