Hello everyone!!!

Today i will show you how to make real homemade gunpowder!

It's very easy to make and requires only 3 ingredients!

So... Let's start :)

P.S. In the video i burned less then a gram of gunpowder! So be careful

Step 1: Ingredients


You will need:

  1. Charcoal ( just burn down some wood or buy from a garden store ).
  2. Sulfur ( you can find sulfur in garden stores as fertilizer ).
  3. Potassium or sodium nitrate ( you can find Potassium or sodium nitrate in garden stores as fertilizer ).
  4. Scales ( i am from europe so i am using grams to measure everything, but ounces will work...)
  5. some containers, and something to crush the chemicals.

Step 2: Scaling

So the recipe is:

  1. 75% potassium or sodium nitrate
  2. 15% charcoal
  3. 10% sulfur

I am making 100g of gunpowder, so you will need:

  1. 75g potassium or sodium nitrate
  2. 15g charcoal
  3. 10g sulfur

If you are doing everything with ounces, just calculate your weight, for one ounce you will need:

  1. 0.75oz potassium or sodium nitrate
  2. 0.15oz charcoal
  3. 0.1oz sulfur


Step 3: Crushing Things

Now you will need to crush your ingredients to powder.

Simply, get an open container, or a bowl , pick up a marker or something and crush your not - powder ingredients.


Step 4: Mixing Everything

Now, take a bag or something, and mix everything up!

Don't worry about sulfur pieces, it's nothing :)

Congratulations! You made your own gunpowder!
To test it, simply light a little bit of it :)
If you want to make it explode, simply put the gunpowder to sealed container, insert a fuse, and light it up :)

<p>I have a question, does the gunpowder burn again?</p>
<p>No, once the reaction is over, the output products are non-flammable</p>
<p>So does that mean that you can make fireproof walls out of burning gunpowder and using the remains?</p>
<p>You can also piss into a water bottle and let it evaporate in the sun for a few days. the end result is potassium nitrate</p>
You'll get potassium nitrate but it will be contaminated with urea. No idea if it would hinder the combustion of the final product though.
<p>Where is the video?</p>
<p>Thanks for the great instructable. Much simpler than all the others.</p>
Many ways online threads explaining ways to make and collect it. Use smart and small amounts don't want feds showing up thinking your building explosives
<p>Does foodgrade potassium nitrate work?</p>
<p>This gunpowder itself works like a firework, can I use it as a propellant in a gun/cannon?</p>
<p>It's why it's called gunpowder, I guess. You just need to confine it in something like a cardboard tube and let the gases do the rest.</p>
<p>Yes indeed.</p>
<p>I thought the sulphur had to be the crystalline form. The commonly available &quot;flowers&quot; of sulphur doesn't work, but you can convert the flowers to crystals</p>
Now how do I make nitrogen?
Do sulfur and potassium nitrate come together or seperate when you buy it?
<p>They come seperate, look for Stump Remover for potassium nitrite and sulfer powder for sulfur</p>
<p>After taking a good look at the chemical reaction (2 KNO3 + S + 3 C &rarr; K2S + N2 + 3 CO2) and calculating the molar mass of the ingredients I noticed you rounded down the ratio's too much. The correct ratio's are:</p><p>74.8% KNO3</p><p>11.9% S</p><p>13.3% C</p><p>Rounding these values down can extremely affect the quality of the reaction.</p>
Good instructable btw
<p>Well done explaining this process! Thanks for sharing!</p>