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.
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Step 1: Materials
- Charcoal (from fire place or pit)
- Three pop cans
- Something to crush the ingredients and stir them (pen or highlighter)
Start by cutting the bottom of the pop cans off
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.
Next take the same amount of charcoal and do the same thing.
Combine them and together to create your finished product.
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.
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