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FAQs: Mortars And Racks

Consumer Mortars 12" vs 15"

The biggest question is  should i get a 12" or 15" mortar? To be 100% safe you should go with a 12" mortar.

Some say that a 15" mortar will give you extra height out of your shells, but the height isn't that noticeable. Then you will run into the problem that your fuse may be too short and will have to add a small piece of visco fuse to extend the fuse that is already attached to your shell. So to keep it safe and easy the DR11 12" is the mortar that fits the needs of consumer pyro best.

 

12" Mortars

- Works with most 1.75" Consumer mortars.
- Do not need to worry about fuse length.
- Do not need to worry if your mortar is too long for the fuse


15" Mortars

- May allow higher breaks.
- Fuse length may be an issue for shells that come with 12" mortars.



DR-9 vs DR-11


HDPE vs Fiberglass vs Cardboard vs PVC
No matter what type of mortar you chose to use, you must inspect mortars and rack before every use to make sure they are clean of any debris or paper.



HDPE
$$$
Long Lasting
Wood Plug
If a shell explodes in the tube the mortar will bulge or split rather then break apart.

Can melt and egg shape if multiple shells are shot in short period of time.
Let mortar cool for 5-10 minutes in between each shot.



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Fiberglass
$$
Long Lasting
Resin Plug

If a shell explodes in the tube the mortar will beak apart, but the pieces will lose velocity quickly and fall to the ground. If the pieces do hit something, very little damage occurs.
Let mortar cool for 5-10 minutes in between each shot.


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Cardboard
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Shot Life Span
Wood Plug

Let mortar cool for 5-10 minutes in between each shot.
If the shell explodes in the tube the mortar will be destroyed. It is only made out of paper and may catch on fire.

If multiple shells are shot in a short amount of time the tube will unwind in the middle and may catch on fire. Check mortars before every use to make sure they are in good condition.