Stemming plugs, BOMB Condom liners & Fiskar cord cutters

Vari-Stem® Stemming plugs
Origin: USA

Blast energy can be divided into two components:
Applied energy – shock & heave energy used in material breakage;
Lost energy – manifests itself as air over-pressure, ground vibration & excess fines (over-blasted material).

Stemming is inert material used to confine energy in the blast hole at the top of the explosive charge.  Insufficient or inefficient stemming allows the blast energy to prematurely vent at the collar, reducing the energy applied to breaking & moving the rock mass.  Stemming ejection is a common cause of lost energy in the blast, especially when drill cuttings are used.

Oresome Products are proud to be the exclusive distributor for Vari-Stem® in Australia & the Oceania region.  The Vari-Stem® plug is patented & proven technology deployed globally in mining & quarrying applications to maximise applied energy.  Vari-Stem® reduces processing costs by achieving tangible increases in fragmentation in the stemming area.  Independent studies show the Vari-Stem® plug can increase blast patterns with the same fragmentation for major savings in drilling and explosive costs, proving that Vari-Stem® plug is a cost-efficient means of reducing costs in blasting and processing.  Case studies can be found at

Installation & use of Vari-Stem® stemming plug to increase blast energy confinement


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  • Sized for Ø32 to 251mm blast hole diameter (other hole sizes on application).
  • Tough moulded PVC material.
  • Tactile outer surface for superior grip onto blast hole wall
  • ‘Gear-profile’ to protect down lines & cords and facilitates water displacement in wet holes
  • Can be used in open pit and underground mining applications

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  • Increases the effectiveness of drill cutting stemming material by increasing ejection resistance
  • Stemming time to movement in the blast can be doubled
  • Stemming ejection velocity in the blast can be halved
  • Prevents explosive emulsion dilution by stemming material that can affect energy performance
  • Increases rock fragmentation, especially in the cap rock area  through improved confinement
  • Improves total mining productivity (dig, haul & processing)
  • Decrease total cost of mining through energy savings & productivity gains
  • Reduces fly rock & air blast through improved confinement
  • Simple installation requiring little operator training or skill


Oresome Part#Descriptionø Size (mm)Plugs/box
3-9396BP-2 Vari-Stem plug **51-40210
3-9394BP-2.5 Vari-Stem plug **64-52144
3-9393BP-3 Vari-Stem plug76-65160
3-9395BP-3.5 Vari-Stem plug89-7796
3-9392BP-4 Vari-Stem plug102-9084
3-9402BP-4.5 Vari-Stem plug114-10081
3-9426BP-5 Vari-Stem plug127-11548
3-9427BP-5.5 Vari-Stem plug140-12848
3-9428BP-6 Vari-Stem plug **152-14130
3-9418BP-6.5 Vari-Stem plug165-15321
3-9425BP-7 Vari-Stem plug177-16618
3-C6112-8BP-8 Vari-Stem plug203-17815
3-C6112-9BP-9 Vari-Stem plug **2293
3-C6112-10BP-10 Vari-Stem plug **2513
** Not stocked in Australia


Loading Poles
Origin: Australia using USA components

The loading pole is Ø30mm x 1.8m straight grain Tasmanian Oak wooden pole used for placing stemming plugs and compacting back-fill to lock the plug in blast holes. The aluminum Ø5/8″ threaded connections (male & female) may be coupled together with matching threaded ends to extend your loading poles. The rubber plug is made of durable rubber and has Ø5/8″ male threaded connection.  Available in custom lengths – please ask for details.


SNAPPER non-aerosol gasbag range
Origin: Australia

Mintech CGB series gasbags by Oresome Products

Oresome Products proudly represent the Mintech gasbags in designated markets.

Mintech are pioneers in the patented development and manufacture of Aerosol and Non-Aerosol Gasbags, with manufacturing based in New South Wales – Australia.  Mintech gasbags are designed for a variety of blasting applications, including hazardous underground environments.

Oresome Products have vast experience in the Mintech non-aerosol gasbags known colloquially as the Snapper range.  The Snapper gasbags supplied by us are:

  • Non-toxic (both in terms of ingredients & gas produced) – unparalleled operator safety
  • Non-flammable inflation gas (CO2) – no possibility of in-hole ignition
  • Entirely non-metallic/ferrous – downstream contamination mitigation
  • Ingredients are food-grade lemon juice & bicarbonate of soda
  • Are not classified as a dangerous good for transport, storage or use – lower shipping & storage costs
  • Contain no stored energy – providing unparalleled safety in hot environments


Hole Plugs (aka collar cones or hole savers)
Origin: Canada

Features & Benefits

Hole plugs (collar cones or hole savers as they can be known) are being recognised as important tool in drill & blast operations. Hole plugs prevent unintended back-filling of the drilled blast hole with drill cuttings and prevent ingress of other surface matter and fauna entering and contaminating the hole prior to charging.  Heavy mud slime at the bottom of the hole can dilute and corrupt explosive products, causing low order detonation that can result in toe, fume, or even misfire. It can be shown that these prevention benefits far exceed the life-cycle cost of hole plugs. Hole plugs can also maintain the integrity of the collar through erosion prevention, particularly in high rainfall areas.

  • Oresome Collar cone #6Superior quality injection moulded construction, for strong, stable design.
  • Zero-percent recycled LDPE plastic resin for enhanced operating temperature capability
  • Sizes align to standard drill bit diametres, ranging from Ø32mm to Ø325mm to cover virtually every mining & quarrying application
  • Down-line clips integrated into the design of the rim, for greater security and loss mitigation


Origin: Australia

BOMB Condom hole liner - Oresome Products

The BOMB Condom™ range of lining products are made in Australia for tough mining conditions anywhere.  BOMB Condom™ liners feature internal  low slip & anti-static treatment and UV stability.  BOMB Condom™ is a mono-film extrusion for high flexibility and strength.


  • Sizes: 45mm, 51mm, 64mm, 76mm, 89mm, 102mm & 115mm (others on application).
  • Tough, flexible and lightweight anti-static treated  material.
  • 250um thickness extruded mono-film, 250m roll length.
  • Printed with hole size every 1 metre.
  • Complies with AS 2187.2:2008.


  • Prevent explosive desensitisation by the presence of water, especially dynamic ground water.
  • Contain the explosive product within the blast hole in fractured ground, ensuring complete decomposition during detonation.
  • Provide physical separation between the explosive product & reactive soil types.
  • Allows the use of ANFO when water resistant explosive is unavailable, uneconomic, or both.


Fiskar Det-cord cutter
Origin: China1111393

High-quality Fiskar brand with long-lasting stainless steel blade and high density plastic handle & anvil.  Ergo-dynamic design & light weight make it perfect for all day use.  Has thumb-lock for safety, and pointed handle that is perfect for perforating packaged explosive.

Available in single units or boxes of 10.