We will do our best to keep our items in stock. We cannot gauge demand at this stage so we cannot guarantee items will be in stock.
As such we have turned backordering on when supplies run out. We have live stock monitoring so if the item is out of stock it will alert you that it will be backordered.
It takes us 1-2 weeks to get new shipments in from overseas, and then we have to ship out to you. Factor this in if you require immediate stock for upcoming photoshoots and we are out of stock.
Are these legal in Australia?
Our smoke emitters are classified as non dangerous goods, they do not hold a DG Class, no permits or licences are required to purchase or use them. They are like using a lit match. However, we do not endorse or supply smoke for illegal purposes – such as public nuisances (football games), evasion or other acts of terror.
These emitters are strictly for the creative industry only. For creatives to produce special effects on location and on set.
CSA carries no responsibility for how customers ultimately use these goods.
This product is not classified as explosive according to section 188.8.131.52 of Appendix 1 to 1272-2008.
Who shows up on my transactions?
This site is run by Jonathan from his company Vibrant Photography Pty Ltd. In some instances such as EFT, paypal etc charges will be labelled as “Vibrant Photography Pty Ltd” or the like on your transaction list. Please do not panic – this is still from Coloured Smoke Australia, this is just out trading bank account for all transactions.
Any paypal disputes are usually dealt with, with the customers directly and referred back to Paypal resolutions.
Shipping and Delivery
How are these shipped?
Our emitters are classified as Non-Dangerous and are sent via Australia Post.
Our diffusion-fx cans have to be sent via ROAD transport only as they are a UN1950 Aerosol classification and cannot fly.
Can we pick these up in person?
Local pickup is available from Gymea, NSW 2227.
Local pickup is around the hours that Jonathan is available. Please do not rock up expecting to pick your order up without an appointment. Orders that haven’t been picked up with in 4 weeks will be cancelled and refunded. You will be contacted when you select local pickup when your order is prepared and a mutually agreed upon date and time will be arranged.
Please understand that this is a value added service and Jonathan reserves the right to cancel it at any time. Please contact us ahead of time if you are planning a last minute shoot for a pickup appointment slot before ordering.
While I do out best to make sure orders go out the same day they come in via Express Post (if received before 4pm), I can’t always guarantee that I am around during the day for the orders (I work a full time wedding photography business also).
Please contact me if you need items urgently for the weekend. There is local pickup options, or I can let you know if I will be able to lodge your order that same day.
Please factor in a few days to be safe for your order!
Where are you based?
We are based in the Sutherland Shire, in NSW. Most orders inside NSW and select location in QLD and VIC / ACT will receive orders next day via express post.
What do the colours look like exactly?
The colour emitted from the coloured smoke emitters varies.
The colour is effected by wind and light hitting it. If it is windy it will disperse more quickly and look softer / thinner colour than if there is less wind. Using them on a cloudy day will have a different look to using them in full sunlight. We suggest you try and see what works best for your effects!
** The colour swatches provided are only an indication of the colours available and not the final colour emitted.
We’ve heard unofficially, by way of internet chatter, that Orange smoke is generally only reserved for Emergency signalling.
We have not been able to confirm this. Other suppliers of the same products and colours have told us that there is not a problem using orange in the field. But I suggest you use so sensitively, and we will not be responsible if you decide to sit on a coastal cliff line and let of huge amounts of orange smoke.
At the most part our range, including even the CS60g 60 gram emitter doesn’t put out a huge amount of smoke and will probably have dissipated quickly. We don’t suggest the CS430g in orange for this fact. This is reserved more for army and tactical usage.
18 or 60 gram size?
The 18 and 60gram emitters are identical colours. They burn the same duration: 3-4minutes. The only difference is the output volume. The 18 yields 17m³ vs the 60’s 55m³. So the 60gram pretty much puts out 3x the volume of smoke in the same burn time.
Check our instagram feed, as I reference what emitters have been used where or search these two tags:
Do you stock Pink or Purple?
We only have Blue and Red smoke emitters.
Often these colours look more purple and red due to lighting, and photo editing (white balance / filtering etc).
Who can use afterpay?
Afterpay is available to all people who:
* Live in Australia;
* Are at least 18 years old;
* Are capable of entering into a legally binding contract;
* Have a valid and verifiable email address and mobile number; and
* Use an Australian credit or debit card to make the purchase.
Is there a cost to use afterpay?
Afterpay does not charge a fee to consumers when purchasing. The only fees applied to consumers are late fees if your scheduled payments are unsuccessfully processed and, after being notified, you do not log in to your Afterpay account to make your payment via a different method.
If I don’t have a debit or credit card can I use afterpay?
Unfortunately not. Afterpay requires a Credit or Debit card in your name to be supplied in order to use their services.
Is afterpay a credit card?
No. Afterpay is simply a service that will charge an existing credit or debit card for the 4 instalments of your order.
How does afterpay work?
Afterpay have partnered with Coloured Smoke to offer simple instalment plans for our online shoppers, allowing a purchase to be paid for in four equal instalments, due every fortnight. Simply shop and choose Afterpay as your payment method at checkout. First-time customers provide payment details as usual, returning customers simply log in to make their purchase. It’s that easy!
After you check out, the goods will be shipped to you. At any time, you can log in to your Afterpay account to see your payment schedule and make a payment before the due date. Otherwise Afterpay will automatically deduct the instalments from your debit or credit card every fortnight.
How do I sign up for afterpay?
You do not need to register prior to making your first Afterpay purchase. When you are making a purchase simply choose Afterpay as your payment method at checkout. If it’s your first time using Afterpay, you will provide payment details as usual to complete your purchase. Once your first order is approved, your Afterpay account is created. You will be directed to www.afterpay.com.au to set up a password, and you will be able to make future purchases using Afterpay by simply entering your log in details upon checkout.
What if there is a problem with my afterpay payments or account?
You will need to contact Afterpay directly in relation to anything issues regarding your purchase.
Can I return an afterpay purchased order?
Yes. All online orders purchased with Afterpay should be returned to;
Coloured Smoke Australia
PO BOX 397
GYMEA, NSW, 2227
As per our standard returns process, once the item is received we will notify Afterpay to release the payments you made back into your nominated account.
Please note: We will only be able to process your refund through Afterpay once your return reaches our HQ and gets processed. You may still need to make payments while your return is coming back to us or waiting to be processed, but everything you pay for the returning items/s will be refunded once processed through our system.
Using our smoke emitters
How do you light these smoke bombs
Our coloured smoke bombs can be lit with a bare flame from a lighter or a match. See this blog post here to check out which lighter we recommend.
The emitter burns down to a melted plastic shell at the end of its burn. Video coming soon!
Do these stain clothing?
Our smoke emitters will stain clothes if the clothing is brought into close proximity with the emitter. i.e. basically touching the end of the emitter. Anything from about 10-15cm away and greater will not stain clothes in our experience.
Think – 30cm rule!
We have a short time-lapse video of us testing this on a white garment and with a red cs60g emitter on our Instagram feed.
So be aware that it can stain clothing etc when it is real close to the output, but standing in the smoke will not stain the clothes in our experience.
Choose white smoke if you are super worried about clothes being stained.
DISCLAIMER: coloured smoke australia or its employees / parent companies are not liable for any damage caused by handling of their smoke products.
Extinguish with water. Do not use Foam, powder or Carbon Dioxide.
Handling and Storing
The burnt residue from the outputted Smoke cartridge (burnt plastic blackened shell) should be treated as hazardous waste. Dispose of thoughtfully like you would household garbage. DO NOT throw away into the environment, or leave unattended.
Be aware of smoking remains. This could ignite surrounds. Always make sure the remains are extinguished and removed when used. These emitters have a burn of >165’C.
The remains can be hot! Please handle carefully to avoid burns to your hands.
Store away from animals and young children. Especially if you use the ignition fuse caps.
Best practice is to place the product on an incombustible base (like inside an old tin can) and check the product has completely gone out before it is discarded.
Keep away from moisture. Our products prefer dry environments, preferably in their original packaging.
Your product looks relabelled?
We get stock from overseas, which has instructions of use in a foreign language. I’ve made my own ENGLISH label and replaced it.
Do you have any tips or suggestions for using these?
check this blog post here, for tips on using our smoke products.
Here are some tips we have so far come up with in using any of our smoke emitters…
- Colours look brightest in full sunlight
- with strong backlight (e.g. from the sun) the coloured emitters turn basically white
- if it stops burning, light it again!
- dark grey is great for simulating real fire smoke
- turn white coloured with gelled flash etc
- move the smoke around vs move your subjects
- don’t use on very windy days
- shade and overcast days work well
- use someone to help light when using multiple at once
- practice with one before you commit to burning them for a shoot
- if in doubt about output, staining etc – rethink
- don’t be a dick
- see above
- end of the day sunlight (golden hour) works really well
- cut the smoke up with trees / sunlight breaking through things
- read the FAQ for handling and storage
- use a turbo lighter or such (cigarette lighters will highly annoy you especially in wind!)
- smoke direction can change frequently with wind – anticipate / move subjects to counter
- check subjects DONT suffer from asthma
- when holding – be careful of melted plastic – don’t hold until the very end – it’ll be like holding a match until your fingers burn!
- Orange works great for film / fire glow effects
Can you handhold these emitters?
While we post a lot of photos of users handholding our emitters, we don’t recommend it. These emitters burn hot (165*C +) and also drop hot refuse as they emit. Like a lit match, it will eventually burn down and burn your fingers.
We recommend if you want to hold them, hold them horizontal so burning refuse can drop away from your hands.
Best use is to create a holder for the emitters our of PVC or such.
We have had one customer alert us that one of the emitters spontaneously combusted and burst into flames. This was a one off and the first we have heard of such in literally 1000’s of emitters that have been used. For this reason, we highly advice against NOT handholding emitters without some sort of holding device.
Why is there a flame on the emitter?
When you ignite our smoke emitters, particularly the larger 60gram range, often a visible flame appears.
This is not a flaw or an issue. Simply blow the flame out and the emitter will smoke as usual.
There should be no flame during the continual emitting of our smoke emitters.
Video of this happening is here:
Posting again:: Lighting a red #cs60g #smokeemitter with a #dusk turbo lighter. The top surface is directly lighted. If a flame is visible, blow it out and it will output smoke as normal. This same instruction is on our packaging. Please read our actual instructions before use! #colouredsmoke #coloredsmokebombs #coloredsmoke #smokebombs #smokebomb #redsmoke #smoke #smokefx #colouredsmokeaustralia #colouredsmokecomau #faq
Please do not use our products on Australia’s ‘Total Fire Ban’ days. Our Emitters burn hot and can ignite dry surroundings and start fires. Please always take refuse with you and depose in the white lined bags we now provide with orders.
Male sure everything is extinguished with water after use to be ectra sure during our hot summer months.
Can these be stopped / restarted when lit?
Unfortunately our emitters once they have been engaged cannot be stopped unless you douse in water. Which ruins them for resignation. We have had customers cut them in half to empty the canisters or their powder and re-pot them in smaller containers (such as PVC tubing) for less burn times than the 18 and 60’s 3-4 minutes. Please be careful doing so however as the powder is combustible and burns very hot (150ºC+) Always place on a heatproof surface especially if they have been cut in half.
How do they disperse?
Wind plays a huge factor especially when using smoke outdoors. We recommend using the smoke early morning or late afternoon when the wind it at it most still or using in a less windy environment. Even with the larger 60gram emitters, the wind can take the output away very quickly and you will lose the effect you are after. Please consider this before you spark up our emitters.
We recommend buying our “smoke matches” to test wind direction and dispersion before committing the coloured smoke.