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Old October 31st, 2005, 01:29 PM   #31
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7 parts aluminum powder to 3 parts potassium perchlorate.
Home-made solid rocket fuel!

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Old October 31st, 2005, 08:01 PM   #32
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I don't think that mix would work as a propellent as it just detonates.
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Old October 31st, 2005, 08:47 PM   #33
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My earlier statement: Potassium Chlorate mixed with table sugar produces an intense flash when the mixture is lit but apparently neither will ingnite seperately. If it is placed in a plastic straw, a continuous whitehot flame will shoot out like a blow torch or the shuttle's solid rocket boosters.

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Old November 1st, 2005, 01:12 PM   #34
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Potassium Chlorate mixed with table sugar
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7 parts aluminum powder to 3 parts potassium perchlorate
Which is what Karl referenced.
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Old November 16th, 2005, 01:23 AM   #35
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You know, somewhere in Hell, Darwin is saying "go ahead, light that fuse, prove me right... wuss."
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO TRY THIS AT HOME. WE WON'T MISS YOU.
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o man, and I thought I was the only one that like making my own mushroom clouds and videoing them...lol

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Old November 21st, 2005, 12:22 PM   #36
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Which is what Karl referenced.
From Wikipedia -

Solid fuels (and really, all rocket fuels) consist of an oxidizer (substance providing oxygen) and a fuel. In the case of gunpowder, the fuel is charcoal, the catalyst is sulfur and the oxidizer is the potassium nitrate. More contemporary recipies employ such compounds as sodium or potassium chlorate and powdered aluminum. (This mixture is sometimes known as "white powder"; not only is it different in appearance than black powder, it has a considerably higher energy density.)

Maybe mixture proportions and shape-of-container determine whether you get a fast detonation or a slow burn...
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