By Ian Von Maltitz

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This represents a charcoal containing the following percentages: 37 BLACK POWDER MANUFACTURE, TESTING & OPTIMIZING Carbon Hydrogen Oxygen 91% 3% 6% Volatiles play a very important role in charcoal. In Black Powder these volatiles assist the charcoal's reaction with potassium nitrate and sulfur. It is thought that the oxygen in the charcoal is the main player here, with hydrogen also having a role. Carbonization - Turning Wood into Charcoal Wood is converted into charcoal by a process known as carbonization.

This chapter starts with simple methods used to make Black Powder. The resulting powders will probably not be anywhere nearly strong enough to lift shells or even propel rockets. But this is just the entry level stage. Later chapters describe ways and means to make fast and super-fast Black Powder. Basic Entry Level Requirements At the very basic entry level, one requires the three components for Black Powder: 1. potassium nitrate 2. sulfur 3. charcoal. A nice-to-have is some kind of scale that can accurately weigh these components, preferably in small quantities.

The last remaining commercial Black Powder manufacturer in the USA, GOEX, is reputed to use maple charcoal. So did their predecessor, Du Pont. Experiments done by Wilson3 and O'Neill4 have demonstrated that maple charcoal ranks among the fastest. There are approximately a dozen different types of maple growing in North America, and many more worldwide. O'Neill4 doesn't identify the particular type of maple in his experiments. Wilson3 identifies his maple as silver maple (Acer saccharinum). This maple has a relatively soft wood when compared with other maples, and may account in part for its good performance.

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