where can I buy sulfur?

pure sulfur and please dont say an internet source i cant buy it of the internet say the hardware store or the drug store or something thank you

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What?  You mean you don't have a volcano in you back yard?
Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kawah_Ijen_-East_Java_-Indonesia_-sulphur-31July2009.jpg
I meant, "your back yard".  Dang typos.  Seriously though, kid, the last place-time I remember seeing sulfur in a retail establishment was at a garden center, years ago. 

What is a "garden center", you ask?  It's a place that sells living plants, and plant accessories. Um... here:

I think it, sulfur,  is used (in the gardening context) in powdered form (aka "flowers of sulfur") for dusting plants to deter insects from eating them.

BTW, if anyone asks what you want it for, you should say that someone put a voodoo curse on you, and the sulfur is needed for a reverse-voodoo ritual for the purpose of lifting the curse.  Then when the clerk is staring at you with wide-eyes and jaw falling towards the floor, ask him or her, using your best impression of straight-faced, deadpan, seriousness,  if he or she also knows where you can find a live chicken.
Roflcopter! Soi soi soi soi soi....
Thanks. I try to provide answers that are entertaining, as well as informative, and even if I don't succeed at either of these goals, at least I have fun doing it. Heh.

There should be a thumbs up feature or something for the comments! Your previous comment (...find a live chicken) was the best thing I've read all morning!! Keep on with your entertaining self!!

Hey, thanks for the encouragement.

If you look closely at this topic, you'll notice it was something posted like 6 years ago, which in internet-years is like practically forever, I think.

Although it's not like this topic is old news because, the funny thing is, as recently as 5 days ago some completely different person( I think) was asking the Answers forum, "Where can I buy sulfur?", um here:


So it was kind of uncanny for you to bring me back to this comment on essentially the same topic, but from 6 years ago. It's kind of like deja vu, but maybe the kind with a really long time delay.

Although it's not like the time delay matters, not in a place like the Answers forum, where history repeats itself.

Clearly some of the people who come here are not learning from the past, and I've been hanging out here for like 6 years. Maybe I'm in that category too.

Anyway, thanks for the kind words. I appreciate it.

How odd that after forever in Internet time that within a month you get several inquiry's! The reason for me is apparently more unique tho. I've been studying the old ways of survival through the reading of the Foxfire series. They would preserve apples by smoking (bleaching) them by pouring sulfer powder over the coals inside a closed box. They lasted all winter and tasted like fresh apples! Thanks for the info!

Burning sulfur in air makes sulfur dioxide, SO2.

S + O2 == SO2

The Wikipedia article for SO2,

mentions its use as a preservative, in the section labeled, uh, "As a preservative". I am guessing SO2 works for preserving apples too. Also guessing this gas is the active ingredient in this Firefox documented method for preserving apples.

Homer, not Homer Simpson, but the ancient Greek poet, knew the gasses from burning sulfur could be used for cleaning purposes, as suggested from his mention of buring sulfur in Book 22 of the Odyssey.

LOL hilarious thing is that i've been to east java, and I have sulphur from there...
Wow! That's neat. So I guess you brought back a couple basketfuls, just like the guy in the picture.
EvgeniyL31 year ago
SimonB12 years ago

Sulphur can be obtained over the counter at the chemist, for indigestion, eczema, asthma

It is used as a soil treatment and can be bought at a garden center.

Also pet supply stores may sell it as a treatment for birds.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not a controlled substance. Neither are the other ingredients for black powder.

In fact, you can buy everything you need to make pretty pyrotechnics from auschems.com - I make my own rocket engines from chemicals I buy from them.

Mark Prange3 years ago

I get 90% sulfur from a fertilizer warehouse. 50-lb bags for around $20.

Dudadiesel sells nearly sulfur for a little over twice that.

eBay has it in smaller quantities.

Gardening supply stores have small bags of it.

gomerk5306 years ago
I get mine from a chemical supply store near where i live, 4 pound bags for $14.95. I buy potassium Nitrate in the form of Spectracide stump remover (i looked at the msds, it is %100)
octavian2346 years ago
I went to loews and its callled Lilly Miller garden sulfur dust. its 90% sulfur 10% anti-caking agent http://www.lowes.com/pd_188825-1321-9605060_0__?productId=3083079&Ntt=sulfur&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl__0__s%3FNtt%3Dsulfur
icubsn6 years ago
i bought my sulfur and potassium nitrate off the internet. No problem. Sure I probably have an FBI file now but i am not doing anything illegal. Just trying to make cheaper black powder for hunting.
fiive7 years ago
Try the gun store in churubusco,near or out of Wheat Field(near Thresher Run).
Johenix7 years ago
How much do you want?
Try E-Bay.
Look in pharmacies for 4 or 8 oz bottles of "Flour of Sulphur" or "Precipitated Sulphur". Locally (Central Minnesota, USA) it is on open shelves.
lemonie7 years ago
If you can't but off the internet or any store, you are a bit "knackered". However, you could go to an appropriate area of volcanic activity and collect some. Holiday in Hawaii?

JimFlo7 years ago
I used to buy 5 pound bags from gardening and landscaping sources. It also keeps a lot of biting bugs out of your lawn if you sprinkle it on the grass.
You might ask at your local pharmacy. They're probably gonna want to know why you want it, though.