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.

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Step 1: Materials

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

Step 2:

Start by cutting the bottom of the pop cans off

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

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

Step 5:

Combine them and together to create your finished product.

Step 6:

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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    Tip 1 year ago on Step 6

    Tip.... Step 3 fails to mention just exactly what it is you are "butt-ending" with your pen.
    Plus, try using stump remover (available on Amazon also stores and even in Polish shops, as they sell small pkts for curing sausages. 88% pure KN03...(Saltpetter)
    15% pine wood charcoal, or ground up charcoal sticks that artists use.
    75% Salt p
    10% sulphur
    then, click this link

    Dextrin is not really that crucial.
    I usually grind it up till its uniform colour then wet it enough to make a ball that will JUST hold tohether. USE Rubbing alcohol to wet it it.
    Then gently scrape ball along inside of a kitchen flour seive over a newspaper. It will make bits drop out. May have to let the ball dry a little more if glooping.
    Then spread out the bits and leave it out in sun or in a warm place. (no, not in the presence of flames. see vid link to help with that.
    Happy hunting.


    2 years ago

    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


    3 years ago

    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...


    4 years ago

    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.

    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.

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    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.


    5 years ago

    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.