DIY Homemade Gunpowder

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Hey guys! Welcome back to makewithrex! Diwali, the festival of lights is just around the corner. With so many fireworks adorning the night sky, what better time to start experimenting with gunpowder than now. Since a long time we've had a fascination with gunpowder and fireworks and we've always wanted to try our hand at making them.

You may be asking "why?". Well, the real question is "why not!". Blowing things up with a fireworks show is always cool and we don't just want to go to the store and buy the gunpowder. We wanted to make our own gunpowder and I have finally become successful. Gunpowder can be used in many places; fireworks, model rockets etc. Read on to know how to make some at your own home.

All the necessary links to the ingredients and the tools used have been listed below

Charcoal powder: https://amzn.to/2DjpO6f

Sulphur https://amzn.to/2SNzHxM

Pottasium Nitrite: https://amzn.to/2qswero

Plastic mixing bowl https://amzn.to/2SJ1D5C

Wooden dowel for mixing https://amzn.to/2JB5kq1

Magnesium https://amzn.to/2yPzstv

Rubber Mallet: https://amzn.to/2SIrk6E

Rubber Gloves: https://amzn.to/2DlZXuF

Sugar powder https://amzn.to/2yKGHD9

Step 1: Gunpowder

Gunpowder, also known as black powder to distinguish it from modern smokeless powder, is the earliest known chemical explosive. It consists of a mixture of sulfur (S), charcoal (C), and potassium nitrate (KNO3).

Gunpowder was first invented by Chinese experts in the 9th century. They developed it for warfare and used it in various types of ways on the battlefield. Today, however, it's used has become limited mostly to fireworks and historic re-enactments.

All the necessary links to the ingredients and the tools used have been listed below

Charcoal powder: https://amzn.to/2DjpO6f

Sulphur https://amzn.to/2DjpO6f

Pottasium Nitrite: https://amzn.to/2qswero

Plastic mixing bowl https://amzn.to/2qswero

Wooden dowel for mixing https://amzn.to/2qswero

Magnesium https://amzn.to/2qswero

Rubber Mallet: https://amzn.to/2qswero

Rubber Gloves: https://amzn.to/2qswero

Sugar powder https://amzn.to/2qswero

Step 2: Finding Charcoal Powder

CHARCOAL: Although charcoal can be obtained locally, we would suggest you to buy the pure activated charcoal powder online so that you can yield similar results.

You can also find activated charcoal from pet stores. They will have it in the aquarium section.

If however, for whatsoever reason, buying the charcoal is not an option, you can burn dry wood in a low oxygen environment slowly and then crush the ashes to a fine dust. Make sure you do the crushing after it has cooled down. Also, keep in mind that using this will affect the quality of the gunpowder so make sure it is dry and keep it away from moisture.

Step 3: Sulphur

Sulfur or sulphur is a chemical element with symbol S and atomic number 16. It is abundant, multivalent, and nonmetallic. Under normal conditions, sulfur atoms form cyclic octatomic molecules with a chemical formula S8. Elemental sulfur is a bright yellow crystalline solid at room temperature.

Sulphur can be obtained from fertilizer stores as sulphur is a common plant fungicide. We got it from a local fireworks store.

Step 4: Potassium Nitrate

KNO3 or dir.indiamart.com

Potassium nitrate is a chemical compound with the chemical formula KNO3. It is an ionic salt of potassium ions K+ and nitrate ions NO3−, and is, therefore, an alkali metal nitrate.

Potassium nitrate can be dangerous so always be careful while trying to get it locally. It can be found at local hardware stores. Look out for "Stump Remover" which contains potassium nitrate.

Step 5: Adding Colors and Effects

Many additives can be mixed to get different colours of flames.

MAGNESIUM: Magnesium can be bought from a laboratory shop. It will be used for adding sparklings to the fire. SUGAR: It can be bought at any grocery store. Sugar will be used to make pink flames.

Step 6: Mix Everything Up

First, you need to start with potassium nitrate crystals and crush them into a fine powder using a rubber mallet. (NEVER USE A METAL HAMMER)

Take a plastic or wooden bowl so as to minimise the chances of a static charge.

Then you need to mix the carbon, sulphur, and potassium nitrate in a ratio 3:2:15 or 15% carbon, 10% Sulphur and 75% potassium nitrate by weight. Mix all the contents thoroughly with a wooden dowel and make sure the mixture stays away from moisture.

Step 7: It's Time to Explore! Your Gunpowder Is Ready!

To check the intensity of your gunpowder, keep a small portion of it on a tissue paper(as tissue paper is easily inflammable) and light it on fire and watch it burst into flames. Perform these kinds of tests only in an open environment and never inside the house as all the smoke from the gunpowder can be deadly for you.

Try and make different shapes with the tissue paper which will give you an idea of the power of the gunpowder that you have made.

I hope you enjoyed this project, how does it look ?? I will be using this gunpowder over my next few videos in pyrotechnics and other similar projects.
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