Introduction: Easily Make Black Powder Using House Hold Items

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For the longest time I have been trying to make black powder but I couldn't get the materials necessary to make it, saddened by this I did what any teen does when they are bored and go on YouTube. I typed ​ in how to make gun powder using house hold items, and a video poped up called how to make boom powder, curious I watched it and learned that it was extremely simple to make, so simple in fact that it only requires two ingredients, match heads(20%sulfer 80%red phosphorus)and charcoal(100% activated carbon). The ratio for this is 50/50 and is Incredibly easy to make.

Step 1: Materials

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Here is what you will need
  • Matches
  • Charcoal (from fire place or pit)
  • Three pop cans
  • Something to crush the ingredients and stir them (pen or highlighter)
  • Pliers

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Start by cutting the bottom of the pop cans off

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Now using the pliers scrape the red tip off then take your pen and use the butt end to turn it in to a powder.

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Next take the same amount of charcoal and do the same thing.

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Combine them and together to create your finished product.

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To get a better result take some red iron oxide(rust) and add a pinch to it. now it's ready to test, take a small amount of your product and ignite it, you should hear a loud pop and see a bright flash, if it burns too quickly add more charcoal. Please vote for me in the scientific method contest.


Shockers to the Max (author)2015-06-15

thanks now I can try to pressurize it then use it as rocket fuel

how do get rocket fuel?

sounds cool, post pictures when your done.

Farthe (author)2017-03-16

i like your idea but you should say get 4 doxes of matches and a crap load of the charcoal and a pinch of rust the get paper roll it get yarn and then light it

Flaming-Spark (author)2016-06-26

Objection griffinjoy... I tried this ingredient before even when i havnt seen this page... Infact they work the same... But with the charcoal, you will see tiny bits of flint-like dust flying on a straight direction... Of course they work the same but the one with the charcoal is more enjoyable to use...

griffenjoy1277 (author)2014-05-13

I tried it and it works better without the charcoal.

Beemoney (author)griffenjoy12772016-02-20

your charcoal is not gunpowder grade. Make your own.

well I guess I was wrong, thanks for your comment. Glad you liked this.

no problem!

steampunkpotato (author)2015-02-10

I suppose if you added red phosphorus ( the red stuff on the striker paper ) you would have an unstable explosive like flash powder, if my guess is right. because the phosphorus reacts with the stuff on match head. but I'm unsure due to the presence of the other chemicals in the powder.

mlaiermaan (author)2014-10-29

You could add an oxidizer to make it more powerful.

Pure Carbon (author)mlaiermaan2014-10-29

yes I suppose that would help, you should try it and let me know how it goes.

ezhilabhi (author)2014-09-08

yet! :)

Pure Carbon (author)ezhilabhi2014-09-09

thank you.

griffenjoy1277 (author)2014-05-13



CharlesChristopher (author)2014-03-17

This is black, and it is powder, but it is not black powder. In this process the ground charcoal is used to slow the burn rate of the potassium clorate that is the explosive used in the match heads. Leave the charcoal out entirely and it will work better.

sorry I took so long to respond to your comment, you are correct this isn't black powder and I said that, but I've tested your way and my way works better. The phosphorous burns very quickly alone, but with the charcoal it slows it down. By the way it's not potassium clorate, it's potassium nitrate which Is used to make professional grade black powder.

boatingman (author)2014-03-15

You do realize that the stuff you get from a fireplace or pit isn't charcoal at all, but simply ash, which doesn't work properly for this at all, don't you? You can buy real charcoal at any number of places.

Pure Carbon (author)boatingman2014-03-15

I wasn't talking the ash I was talking about the black stuff that is on chard logs that you get when you extinguish the fire. All I know is that charcoal that I got was from my fire pit outside and when I tested it, it worked perfectly. You are correct you can go and buy charcoal, but why would you do that when you can get it for free, I mean that's just foolish.

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