Improvised Black Powder by the Jolly Roger

Black powder can be prepared in a simple, safe manner. It may be used as

blasting or gun powder.


Material Required



Potassium Nitrate, granulated, 3 cups (3/4 liter)

Wood charcoal, powdered, 2 cups

Sulfur, powdered, 1/2 cup

Alcohol, 5 pints (2-1/2 liters) (whiskey, rubbing alcohol, etc.)

Water, 3 cups (3/4 liter)

Heat source

2 buckets - each 2 gallon (7-1/2 litres) capacity, at least one of which is

heat resistant (metal, ceramic, etc.)

Flat window screening, at least 1 foot (30 cm) square

Large wooden stick

Cloth, at leat 2 feet (60 cm) square





1) Place alcohol in one of the buckets.

2) Place potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur in the heat resistant

bucket. Add 1 cup water and mix thoroughly with wooden stick until all

ingrediants are dissolved.

3) Add remaining water (2 cups) to mixture. Place bucket on heat source and

stir until small bubbles begin to form.


CAUTION: DO NOT boil mixture. Be sure ALL mixture stays wet. If any is dry,

as on sides of pan, it may ignite!


4) Remove bucket from heat and pour mixture into alcohol while stirring


5) Let alcohol mixture stand about 5 minutes. Strain mixture through cloth to

obtain black powder. Discard liquid. Wrap cloth around black powder and

squeeze to remove all excess liquid.

6) Place screening over dry bucket. Place workable amount of damp powder on

screen and granulate by rubbing solid through screen. NOTE: If granulated

particles appear to stick together and change shape, recombine entire batch

of powder and repeat steps 5 & 6.

7) Spread granulated black powder on flat, dry surface so that layer about

1/2 inch (1-1/4 cm) is formed. Allow to dry. Use radiator, or direct

sunlight. This should be dried as soon as possible, preferably in an hour.

The longer the drying period, the less effective the black powder.


CAUTION: Remove from heat AS SOON AS granules are dry. Black powder isnow

ready to use.



Used in CBIV, '94 -= Exodus =-