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ok thanks to lemonie and andy helped a lot they well get credit thanks to all! and andy i well trie your method

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HamO (author)2007-07-31

Seems like store bought charcoal would be a whole lot more practical, even here on instructables. I mean are you going to make the rest of the ingredients from scratch also?

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westfw (author)HamO2007-07-31

Actually, the quality of homemade black powder is EXTREMELY dependent on the type and quality of charcoal you use. Unless you have a supplier of good-quality light hardwood charcoal (willow is traditional), you're probably better off making your own. Briquettes are especially hopeless; they have all sorts of useless crap in there (like clay) and will make lousy black powder.

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funwithfire325 (author)westfw2007-08-29

o well im not makeing black powder i wanted to experament with a charcoal maker

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westfw (author)funwithfire3252007-08-30

I'd love to see an instructable on making your own charcoal for use in drawing, and comparing the results when starting with different types of wood. A lot of the things done to briquettes are to make them burn longer and more consistently; trying to barbecue over homemade charcoal is likely to be frustrating.

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funwithfire325 (author)HamO2007-08-29

well all you need in it is wood but... if you want it easy to light u put some... maybe lighter fluid? it would boil and maybe the charcoal would obsorb it

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lemonie (author)2007-07-31

You can lid (not led surely?) the can with sand/mud/ clay. As long as air is excluded you're OK.
But as previously commented, are you making sulphur and KNO3? Charcoal is a lot easier to buy than the other two ingredients.

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(do use a spell-checker eh?)

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andy60 (author)2007-07-31

i dont know if this will help you but heres how i make charcoal; i use a golden virginia tin alot simular to an altoids tin with some holes put into the lid, i then fill the tin with little pieces of wood e.g. used matchsticks..., next i put a blow torch on the bottom of the tin, a lot of smoke will pore out of the holes and with in 5 minutes you have nice charcoal :) hope this helped.

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Pat Sowers (author)Pat Sowers2007-07-31

your to young to be playing with fire and explosives.

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