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can you cook sugar? Answered

I am making a smoke bomb and I want to know if it is all right to cook sugar by it self?


Are you trying to limit the chance of it burning up in the pan by melting the sugar first? Just try a small batch and see if there is any issue.

At any rate, the ingredients need to be thoughly mixed for best results. I've experimented with this before, and found that it is prone to igniting in the pan if you are not careful. Use a lower heat, stir constantly, and only make small batches at a time. If it starts on fire, you will lose the whole thing. Also I would go do it outside (away from prying eyes), maybe using an electric hot plate

This is how things like boiled-sweets and caramel are made.
What has cooking sugar on it's own got to do with smoke-bombs?


I think he was asking if he could cook the sugar separately before adding the oxidizer so that it doesnt go off while he's cooking it.

No point, done right it wouldn't "go off".


It's possible for it to get too hot while you're cooking it and ignite in the pan

Yes and it's simliarly possible for it to go off when you add hot-sugar to the oxidant or vice versa.
Being careful counts I think.


Burning Gycol makes a considerable amount of smoke. Don't use antifreeze it is toxic. Use propylene gycol as used in smoke machine liquid.

Just cook it with the KNO3