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Somersetpyro

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If you have decided your budget this year but aren't sure what to buy or where from, this is my personal recommendations on what to buy with your hard earned cash to get the best display possible :) Do remember that this is my opinion only and I take no responsibility if you take my advice but do not like the fireworks.
The following 3 budgets are where i'd use a supermarket, however if you have a local firework retailer they will usually give you more for your money.

Budget 1: £25
Despite this being a lower budget, you can still get some very good fireworks for your money. Variety is the key to keeping your audience interested, so that's what i've gone for :)
  • Dance Floor rockets
  • New Fire Pack selection box
  • Gothic Lights cake - all on 3 for £20 at lidl
  • Air Shots - £4 at Lidl
  • Sparklers (got to have them!)
Budget 2: £50
This is probably one of the most common budgets people will have, and you can get some great pyro to suit this budget:
  • Bonfire Star selection box - £11.99 at Lidl
  • Dance Floor rockets - £7.99 at Lidl
  • Enchanted fountain - £7 at Asda
  • 2x Mighty Atom cake - £12.98 at The Range
  • Phantom Strike cake - £9.99 at The Range
Budget 3: £75
This is a larger budget, so the focus moves more on to larger fireworks:
  • Lightning selection box - £19.99 at Lidl
  • Highway to Hell compound cake - £19.99 at Lidl
  • Double Whammy shot tubes - £15 at Asda
  • Enchanted fountain - £7 at Asda
  • Battle of Midway finale cake - £17.49 at The Range
For budgets above the £75 level, you really should be looking at a specialist, as the higher budgets justify mail order, this allows you access to lots of national companies. However, sometimes mail order isn't convenient for whatever reason (such as having to wait in all day for delivery), so with this in mind I have added a £100 supermarket budget. Thereafter, budgets 5 and 6 are from forum sponsor Epic Fireworks, as good examples of what you can get online, but lots of companies and the other forum sponsors could offer you as good a selection. Please Note: Many of the fireworks mentioned below require a 25m safety distance

Budget 4: £100
  • Lightning selection box - £19.99 at Lidl
  • Highway to Hell compound cake - £19.99 at Lidl
  • Dance Floor rockets
  • 2x Gothic Lights - both on 3 for £20 at lidl
  • Double Whammy shot tubes - £15 at Asda
  • Enchanted fountain - £7 at Asda
  • Mighty Atom cake - £6.49 at The Range
  • Battle of Midway finale cake - £17.49 at The Range

Budget 5: £125
This budget allows you to spend £105 on the fireworks themselves, leaving £20 for the delivery charge, and for what you get it is certainly worth paying this charge (in suggested firing order):
  • King Cobra cake - a noisy 25 shot cake to grab your audiences attention
  • Pumpkin fountain - a great novelty fountain including a strobeing effect
  • Optimum cake
  • Eclipse cake
  • Star charger cake - 3 24 shot cakes each with different effects
  • Fantasia fountain/mine - a fountain producing a variety of effects, punctuated by 3 crackling mine plumes
  • Dr Thrust cake - a great 25 shot 1.3g cake with 5 different effects
  • Humming Hornets cake - a 28 shot cake with some very interesting humming effects and a fanned finale of comet tails
  • Heavy Duty 64 shot cake - the finale, over a minute of a variety of fantastic effects to close the display nicely
  • To fire whenever, Bazooka Bomb rocket pack and Space Blaster rocket pack
Budget 6: £200
Now we're getting into serious budgets, where the fireworks can be larger and more powerful (in suggested firing order):
  • Thunder King cake - a very loud salute cake to grab your audiences attention
  • Dr Thrust cake - a great 25 shot 1.3g cake with 5 different effects
  • Star Shower fountain - a big conic fountain with very large effects
  • Spectrum Sky cake - a 24 shot single effect cake
  • Dynamite cake - a 25 shot cake with a great variety of effects
  • King Cobra cake - a noisy 25 shot cake with colour peony bursts
  • Atomiser cake - A big bore 25 shot cake with large breaks and loud reports
  • 6 Machine cake - A 16 tube, 96 shot cake, with each tube containing 6 breaks. A very unique cake
  • Moving Target cake - A fanned, rapid firing 105 shot cake. Low noise to bring the audience down before the finale
  • Toxic Warlord cake - a max bore, 50 shot cake with huge breaks and loud reports, a perfect finale pece
  • To fire whenever, Super Starburst rocket pack and Space Blaster rocket pack
 
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Vladster

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I believe that you can get a decent supermarket stash on a limited budget. Hopefully this guide can help someone who's maybe new to fireworks and isn't sure what to spend their money on.

Nice one mate :)
 

Dan12

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Good stuff,

Like above ^^ if you do some work, you can still manage to get a decent enough stash from supermarkets if your budgets not too high. Careful thinking, like youve pointed out can give you a great veriety for your money.

Obviously for the bigger budget I agree that the specialist is always best, but even though I will spend the majority of my budget at a year rounder il always still end up picking up a couple of supermarket boxes along the way. Main reason for this though is some year rounders dont do boxes or if they do they can be good quality more expensive boxes, which is not really what im after tbh in terms of a selection box (ie id rather buy items individually than buy a really expensive box).
 

Ghengis Fireworks

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As this list is now obsolete, once the supermarket product is released i will re-write the list. So check back here on October 15th is you want to see the new list :) as for the bigger budget options, i've decided that i will use a different sponsor every year for this, so this year it'll be @Ghengis Fireworks :)
Thanks for the opportunity.
 

Somersetpyro

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Yeah. From what I understand this is at cost so there's no profit being made here. I think it's pretty fair tbh.
I think we'd find that it's much less than at cost if they use a courier. Even their own vehicles would cost a bit more I'd have thought. So it's a very good price really :)
 
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