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I really like and enjoy estes rocket, and I decided to make one myself. 
I also made the fuel and the engine. All is made from the materials you can easily obtain or even have at your house right now. 

They can go up to 300 meters (1,000 ft) on this fuel. 

Making the fuel involves working with the ammonium nitrate, please before you do it, read this article - http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/chemical_terrorism/ammonia_tech.htm
Especially the "What are the immediate health effects of ammonia exposure?" paragraph, so you realize the risks you are taking and I am not responsible for the consequences.

Step 1: Material for the fuel

At first lets make a fuel of our rocket. 
What we will need:
1. Ammonium nitrate (how to get described in the next step)
2. Baking soda
3. Water
4. Sugar
5. Jar/bucket
6. Measuring cup 
7. Newspaper
I could be wrong on this, but I'm pretty sure you need an LEP to make rocket fuel
LEP?
I think he means &quot;Low Explosive User Permit&quot; or LEUP. It's certain you need one to store homemade rocket motors or propellant; whether you need one to make propellant is open to a certain level of interpretation, but the commonest reading appears to be that you can make non-detonating materials (like rocket propellant) without a Federal permit as long as they're used the same day they're made, i.e. not stored. State and local restrictions may cause you some heartburn, however. <br> <br>As noted below, there are also some Federal restrictions on purchase of certain chemicals that are precursors or process ingredients in making methamphetamine -- for instance, I found recently that I can no longer buy &quot;strike anywhere&quot; matches, not because they're hazardous (no more so than they've been for 150 years or so) but because the tiny amount of phosphorus in the heads was being used in making meth. If ammonium nitrate is in that category, American farming is on its way out...
<p>The phosphorus is in the striking pad and not the head of the match.</p>
<p>that's sandpaper, otherwise it would be engulfed in flames. It's not, though, because while I don't know where this person is, but I can still buy them in bulk from the local walmart.</p>
<p>The big difference between strike anywhere and &quot;safety&quot; matches is that safety matches have the phosphorus only in the striking surface, while strike anywhere have it in the white tip of the head. The striker isn't &quot;engulfed in flames&quot; because the phosphorus is too thinly distributed to sustain combustion (fire triangle -- you must have fuel, oxidizer *and heat*), but in combination with the chlorate in the match head, it can start the match head mix burning.</p>
<p>just so you know strike anywhere matches light anywhere the phosphorus is in the math head or it wouldn't light lol lol</p>
<p>yea... thats why they have to put the phosphorous in the match head in strike it anywhere matches. </p>
<p>That's true of safety matches (the kind you can only strike on the striking pad) but not of classic strike-anywhere type. It's the tiny bit of phosphorus in the head that lets you strike them on a zipper, shoe sole, even a particularly coarse five o'clock shadow.</p>
<p>MEANS</p>
As I understand the BATFE regs relative to rocket fuel (and even explosives), for federal compliance, as long as you're not legally disabled from possessing explosives you can make rocket fuel, as long as you either consume it the same day, or meet legal storage requirements -- which don't always require a Low Explosives User Permit. State and local laws, however, may completely prohibit rocketry outside NAR- and Tripoli-sanctioned model and high power rocket activity; making your own motors is completely prohibited by NAR, and sanctioned by Tripoli only after you're certified to a high enough level.
I tried this launching just the engine, and mine started smoking and hissing but did not take off, would you know why?
I don't really know, but it could've been because the wick wasn't installed correctly. It should be deep inside the engine, so everything ignites at once and it takes off.
<p>your &quot;wick&quot; is a joke. Seriously? Rolled up newspaper? I'm shocked you even took pictures at all! Let me shed a little light on the subject of fire: If you burn plastic, it releases cyanides. That's right, straight up poison. It also melts, so when you shove that heat-pak in there, you're making it turn over, and be hopelessly ruined. If you use paper, well, good luck if it even catches fire, because the &quot;wick&quot; is going to crumple and fall apart before it even gets to the tube. The reason people use newspaper in fires is because it's in layers, not a single strand. If, by some miracle, it gets to the paper body, it will catch fire. Yep, that's a real nice bonfire of paper and chemicals! Duct tape? That's no better, it's plastic too. Putting the &quot;motor&quot; in that's just going to help extinguish your dreams of making anything at all. I like how you didn't include a parachute, it shows how you knew it would fall back as a burning wreck, not that it would work anyway, without an ejection charge. Putting it deeper in won't solve anything, because if it catches fire, it's a matter of combustible fuel, not evenly burning. I think I know why you never uploaded the video of it working. It seems obvious, without any testing at all. I hate how it's so predetermined to go perfectly, when you can't even make it work.</p>
<p>I guess you missed the whole &quot;be nice&quot; policy on comments. There are too many mean spirited people in this world and ripping on some guy who is sharing a DIY project is about the lowest form of nasty. I'm shocked that you didn't also accuse him of being a liberal. How about some constructive feedback presented in a positive way? I hope somebody flags your comment, I'm not going to do it because my reply doesn't make sense without it.</p>
<p>What you just said definitely make a lot of assumptions... Accuse him of being a liberal? What? Like I'm that kind of mean! I clearly pointed out how it was a poor endeavor, and while it may seem like a harsh retort, I meant it in good measures. I was wholeheartedly distraught over this bedraggled project, so forgive me for making any poignant claims.</p>
<p>If the chemicals are old it won't work. the papers should be loose. Oh, and a little funny tidbit: Baking soda is a great thing to put out fire. It releases CO2, which is what's in fire extinguishers.</p>
<p>other than explosive items like potassium nitrate&amp;ammonium nitrate can we use someother.please suggest some</p>
<p>Try using a baking soda and vinegar rocket. The kids and I had one years ago and it launched pretty well...had to ask the neighbors to retrieve it from their yard!</p>
<p>There is no way to make rocket fuel without something that explodes. It wouldn't work at all if there was no explosions.</p>
<p>*pressure, as made from explosions. I cite rocket balloons.<br>Also, combustion, not explosions, if I can nitpick without looking like a nerd. Explosions powerful enough to send up anything would do it in pieces. Even solid gunpowder from Estes is packed extremely tight so it burns very slowly (what with limited O2 for burning)</p><p><a href="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51fzlWsrUwL._SS365_.jpg">http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51fzlWsrUwL._SS365_.jpg</a></p>
You don't always need explosives to propel a rocket, for example, if you have ever seen a bottle rocket, it just shoots straight up from fuel, that's why it makes a&quot; swoosh&quot; sound when it takes off
<p>water rockets, compressed gas rockets(vinegar and hydrogen peroxide), even Co2 rockets ...use your imagination and experiment and have fun just ALWAYS REMEMBER SAFETY IS MOST IMPORTANT</p>
<p>You mean vinegar and baking soda? There's little reaction from that and hydro perox.</p>
<p>In case you didn't know, rocket fuel needs combustion to create thrust. If you don't want to use chemicals like KNO3 and (NH4)(NO3), then try a bottle rocket. They run on water but they are not as fantastic as a fire propelled rocket.</p>
just an fyi, not sure, about ammonium nitrate, but potassium nitrate is an oxidizer, meaning that by itself, it is not flammable. if you add the other ingredient you needed to make the propellant (powdered sugar), then it becomes dangerous and flammable. the potassium nitrate and powdered sugar is a better and less hazardous way to make rocket fuel anyways, no production of ammonia gas.
<p>do you know about what size roll makes which rating (the commercially sold ones have ratings such as A-8, C-6 so on so forth). Also, with the estes rockets, will the parachutes be able to deploy? And one last question, can this be ignited electronically? (just wondering because this looks awesome and I may try it...)</p>
<p>3/4'' x 2 3/4'' of Kno3 is equivalent to an E45 booster engine </p>
<p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUYxk-y-tU8&amp;index=72&amp;list=WL</p>
Actually i wanna ask....whether it wrks or not ....becoz im lookin forward to make it for my annual sceince project...<br>..please send me the videos.....thnx
<p>its best to use KnO3, 65 percent potassium nitrate and 35 percent pure glucose such as powdered sugar (these percentages are by weight NOT volume) you can reduce each by 5 percent and substitute with 10 percent baking powder to create a slower burn rate of 5 sec... USE CAUTION!! nitrile components are poisonous and this composition is highly explosive!! potassium nitrate(Kn) is available on ebay</p>
<p>Cold packs in the USA no longer contain ammonium nitrate. Instead they</p><p>are made with a salt solution.</p>
<p>Ammonium Nitrate is a salt.</p>
<p>no it is iodized sodium chlorate</p>
No my dog died im sueing you
<p>what do I use for the body tube?</p>
Another concern is the felony charge of "Possession Of Precursors To Manufacture Methamphetamines". Purchasing those chemicals together here in Mississippi will almost instantly have you flagged for questioning before leaving Walmart. Other states I'm sure are different. However, I could just imagine the look on the cops face when you inform him you are making rocket fuel not meth... I can't help but think of that scene from The Astronaut Farmer...
<p>You are confusing cold medicine containing pseudoephedrine with cold packs containing amonium nitrate. Two completely different things.</p>
Well, the only &quot;chemical&quot; you are really buying is an ice pack so I don't think its that suspicious.
right on here in missouri it is forgot about that thanks
<p>I did everything you said and these engines didn't work. I did it just like you did and it just smoked. Have you even tried this???? What were your results?</p>
If you used a cold pack to get ammonium nitrate you must be aware that not all modern cold packs use ammonium nitrate. <br>If you did this correctly it would have worked.<br>one of your steps must have been incorrect......I suspect that IF you did try this, then your mistake was in the type of cold pack used.
I used the same exact ice pack the guy used and the main ingredient was ammonium nitrate
<p>Another possibility is if you didn't leave air space in between the pieces of fuel when you rolled the newspaper up. This design functions as a core-burning rocket, so if the fuel is rolled too tight, there are no &quot;nozzles&quot; built in to direct the burn. I would suggest trying this again, but try rolling it around a toothpick or a bamboo skewer to create an inbuilt fuel nozzle. </p>
<p>How much thrust, in newtons or pounds, does this engine produce?</p>
<p>can u pleazz send the video that this thing realy work or not </p>
So is the 1:1 mixture of baking soda and potassium nitrate supposed to be by volume or mass? I see that you used volume but i was just curious because in everything I have done, mass was used for the ratios. Thanks
<p>after adding the sugar, im just gonna evaporate all the water out</p>
<p>can i use matter other than potasium nitrat if i dont have it ?</p>
<p>when i try it the mixture color turns to brown because of burning of sugar . what i must do ?</p>