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other uses for and where to find saltpeter? Answered

saltpeter/saltpetre/kno3/potassium nitrate: I know it can help make blackpowder/smoke bombs but what other uses could it be used for? also where abouts could I find it in Massachusetts (USA)



Best Answer 9 years ago

Potassium nitrate is an oxidizer for a number of pyrotechnic compositions, and can also be used to make homemade model rocket motors (See Richard Nakka's rocketry page). Some stump removers are almost pure KNO3, which would be a good place to start. Check the label for the ingredients.

It can also be purchased from pyrotechnics suppliers such as Skylighter (http://www.skylighter.com).

As a rule of thumb, attempting to isolate KNO3 from this-n-that will take much longer and cost much more than buying the KNO3 from a reputable source.

Be sure that your parents, or the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) know about what you're doing; to do otherwise is a good way of getting a visit from unfriendly people with badges...

as a food additive, it reduces/removes sex drive - not sure the biology behind it - its said they used to put it in prison food to stop the inmates switching teams.

Unless you actually ARE removing a stump... just don't buy it. A hardware store clerk with half a brain will refuse to sell it to minors. A drugstore owner with half a brain keeps it behind the prescription counter (if at all), and again won't sell it to a minor. Even if you're an adult, it's hard to get... because most of the legitimate uses for it have been outshined by better products that ARENT useful in explosives. It is a naturally occuring substance in some parts of the world... but I can't in good concience tell you how to find it.

Buy it as stump remover from lowe's, made by spectricide. You'll have to purify it.