NOS Cylinder typically refers to a cylinder or canister filled with nitrous oxide (N2O). Nitrous oxide, sometimes abbreviated as “NOS” (from Nitrous Oxide Systems, a prominent brand in the automotive industry), has several uses.
- In a culinary context, as I mentioned earlier, small cylinders or cartridges of nitrous oxide are used to whip cream in dispensers.
- In the automotive industry, nitrous oxide is used as an oxidizer in internal combustion engines to increase an engine’s power output by allowing for more fuel to be burned.
- In a medical context, nitrous oxide is used as an anesthetic, often referred to as “laughing gas.”
It’s important to note, as I mentioned before, that while nitrous oxide has legitimate uses, it can also be misused and can be harmful or even fatal if inhaled directly. Misuse can lead to oxygen deprivation, which in turn can cause unconsciousness or death. Furthermore, the recreational use of nitrous oxide is illegal in many places.