How to Make a Bamboo Cannon or Lantaka
There are two types of lantaka that I know how to make, the kerosene or gaas lantaka and the kalburo lantaka.
The kerosene lantaka uses kerosine and is the traditional lantaka. However, kerosene is dangerous if not handled properly.
To solve that problem, my brothers and I went to make a lantaka that uses kalburo as fuel. Kalburo is a chemical used in ripening bananas.
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Kalburo has the chemical name Calcium carbide and can be bought in the market. Just ask the vendors of ripe bananas. Kalburo looks like small rocks just like in the picture below.
Now, let’s list the materials that we need:
- a 1-1.5 meter bamboo pole
- hand saw
- kalburo (Calcium carbide)