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What is the difference between a Barrage, Cake and a Battery?

The world of fireworks can be more than a little confusing when it comes to the types of products that there are available and no more so than when it comes to the terminology used to describe them.

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Firework Cakes come in many different sizes and shapes and our range contains different numbers of shots from as few as 16 and go up to 1500 plus. The majority of them comprise of numerous card tubes glued together and fused timed differentiated for each shot. They can have an infinite choice of effect to each shot. Once the firework cake is lit, the fuse burns from tube to tube, igniting each shot in turn, which then flies up into the air where it explodes with an effect. Thus, a 16 shot cake will have 16 tubes, a 49 shot cake will have 49 tubes and so on.

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There are some who refer to Cakes as barrages as single effect all the way through whereas a cake may contain multiple effects. For example, the Whispering Palms is a 40 shot barrage offering massive high calibre palms all the way through but the colours and effects may differ very slightly with the palm glittering or strobing but it remains a single effect. Others, like the Wild Horses, maintain the same effect all the way through with no change to the overall effect.

Consumer Fireworks Fan Cake

You may call an average cake a SIB or party in a box. These types of fireworks offer a variety of effects and are usually designed by the manufacturers to produce a whole display from a single fuse. Cakes are more like a bunch of single shot roman candles if you want a more basic understanding. You will often find shops describe a cake as a combination roman candle.

CE Firework Cake Demo

There are some which we would describe as a display in a box where a massive number of tubes is conjoined but each may have a completely different sized tube, containing different compositions within. For example, The King Hell from Epic Fireworks is a fanned 100 shot multi effect cake with differing sized tubes which varies the burst, sound, colours, effects and off the cuff, this is one of the busiest cakes in our range with fanned effects, straight comet effects, peonies, spinners and crackling stars.

90 Shot Fan Cakes

The upshot is, whether you want a cake a roman candle a barrage or a battery, we have something to suit every taste from super loud to really quiet they are all spectacular and are guaranteed to bring a smile to even the frostiest of faces.


Epic. The Home of Professional Display Quality DIY Fireworks

Are You Looking For Professional Display Quality Fireworks – then look no further. We have the largest range of top quality fireworks which will create some of the most stunning aerial and ground effects you have ever experienced.

We have fountains which are the perfect start to your show. The 1kg Super Conic fountain reaches around 30 feet into the sky with the most stunning falling and shooting stars. Lasting a little over 100 seconds, this is brilliant, beautiful and a great addition to any show.

We have what must be the largest and best-performing consumer Catherine Wheel on the UK market, the Ring Of Fire. This huge wheel spins for a full 60 seconds with an almighty spread of silver, green and red stars and golden crackles. Another must-have for this year’s Bonfire Night celebrations.

Here at Epic, we are best known for two things, our rocket range and massive barrage range. The best of the bunch in regards to rockets is in my opinion the Sky Thriller rocket. This new improved version (difficult to improve on brilliant, but we managed it) is bigger, better and louder than before and sounds like a gas explosion. With a HUGE burst which fills the sky with an astounding single burst of giant glittering golden willow and seemingly unending descent of slow falling twinkling stars that hang in the sky for almost 10 seconds. A Beautiful addition to any show whether for Bonfire Night, New Year’s Eve or even a party or special celebration.

And finally, what Epic do best – BIG BRASH LOUD BARRAGES – Let’s start with our very best. Starting with Thunderous Finale. There is little to be said that has not already been said about this barrage. If you want a finale to remember, you MUST have one of these.

Huge volleys of 4 shots at a time screaming into the air before breaking into phenomenally large coloured palms which overlap giving the effect of a multi-shell burst. The next 4 shots explode to produce electrifying clouds of crackles that absolutely fill the sky above you. Beautifully timed to create the perfect display, the sky is never empty with this monstrously powerful barrage. Culminating in a double 8 shot finale volley with silver crackling palms: An absolute essential for any finale.

And our lucky last, the wonderful new for 2012 Tornado Express. A ‘no nonsense’ fan finale barrage which alternates with swift large breaks of blue and gold stars, and massive white glittering peony breaks and a sky filling finale of golden crackling palms. Effects wise, this will be the closest you’ll ever get to a professional firework.

The upshot is, if you are looking for fireworks which leave your friends and neighbours green with envy, get in touch with us at Epic fireworks and we will be sure to make this year’s Bonfire Night display the best yet.


King Hell 107 Shot

King Hell by Epic Fireworks

The King Hell from Epic is a stunning V and W fan barrage with multiple 1.3g effects. Every year we go through over 1500 units during our busy firework season. The video below was filmed by one of our customers at a wedding display – watch out for the king hell 🙂

This fantastic SIB has been one of our main-stay of some of the best displays we have seen for the last 2 years. This majestic marvel is a sky filler to behold. The video below is of 1 x King Hell on its own.

They are best set off again in multiples but no film can truly do it justice. A multi-breaking piece that must be seen to be believed. It is loud and impressive and the colours are brilliant.

Rapid, loud, impressive and great colour with a well timed finale sequence. Definitely a talking point of any display and priced at half RRP you simply have to include one or two in this years Bonfire Night celebrations.

No. of shots: 107
Duration: 45 sec
Dimensions: 26cm x 38cm x 18cm
Bore Size: 25mm
Noise Rating: 8/10
Fireworks Classification: 1.3G
Safety Distance: 25 Metres
Vertical or Fan: Vertical

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