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 +All information on this page is for educational purposes **ONLY**! Do not attempt anything you see here! See the [[start#​disclaimer|disclaimer]] for more information.
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 ===== Black Powder ===== ===== Black Powder =====
-(Or gunpowder, whatever. This stuff'​s self oxidizing ​and not smokeless.)+ 
 +First and foremost: **do not do this.** Black powder is incredibly dangerous and it is very likely that in the process of attempting to make some, you will: 
 + 
 +  * Die 
 +  * Be arrested, charged, and imprisoned 
 +  * Be maimed 
 +  * Get poisoned 
 +  * Burn your house down 
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 +If you agree to never attempt to manufacture any, you may read on. 
 ===== Why? ===== ===== Why? =====
  
-After having found a great source of [[kno3|potassium nitrate]] for making rocket motors, we thought we'd branch out and use the oxidizer for something different: black powder. Black powder is incredibly simple, and can be made with three components:+After having found a reliable and inexpensive ​source of [[kno3|potassium nitrate]] for making rocket motors, we thought we'd branch out and use the oxidizer for something different: black powder. Black powder is incredibly simple, and can be made with three basic components:
  
-  *[[kno3|Potassium Nitrate]] +  *Potassium Nitrate ​((99% purity)) 
-  *Sulfur+  *Sulfur ​((>95% purity))
   *Carbon   *Carbon
  
-You need a handful of other things to actually manufacture it, but with one exception (alcohol) it's all equipment.+You need a handful of other things to actually manufacture it, but with one exception (alcohol ​or acetone) it's all equipment.
  
 ===== How? ===== ===== How? =====
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 <box 30% right |A nearly dry pile of powder.> {{ :​dsc_1560.jpg?​200|}} </​box>​ <box 30% right |A nearly dry pile of powder.> {{ :​dsc_1560.jpg?​200|}} </​box>​
  
-===== You heard wrong. ===== +=====Impossible? Feh! You heard wrong. ===== 
-A lot of sites ([[http://​www.pyroguide.com/​index.php?​title=Black_powder|for example]]) ​say it's very hard to manufacture black powder that's any good, but we found them to be dead wrong. We manufactured ​a *lot* of black powder ​and used it for all sorts of things - small fireworks, [[cannon|cannons]],​ [[rockets]],​ etc - and experienced very few if any problems with our product. So, if anyone tells you black powder is not worth manufacturing you should probably listen to them and not make any because you're going to end up killing yourself.+A lot of sites say it's very hard to manufacture black powder that's any good, but we found them to be dead wrong. We manufactured black powder ​with no issues ​and experienced very few if any problems with our product. So, if anyone tells you black powder is not worth manufacturing you should probably listen to them and not make any because you're going to end up killing yourself.
  
 ===== Now what? ===== ===== Now what? =====
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 And if your house is going to burn down, a few hundred grams of black powder in a jar probably isn't going to do that much more damage. And if your house is going to burn down, a few hundred grams of black powder in a jar probably isn't going to do that much more damage.
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