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A Guide to OTC (Over the Counter) Pyrotechnic Composition


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#1 AustralianPyromaniac

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Posted 23 November 2018 - 08:10 AM

Over the last few months, I've been putting together a document which covers in pretty extensive detail the answer to a question I get a lot. How do you go about doing pyrotechnics with only OTC chemicals? 

 

My personal pyro interest (Aside from the more common things) is based mainly in the production of complex pyrotechnic devices with chemicals purchased and synthesized from only 'over the counter' sources such as agriculture suppliers, supermarkets and hardware stores. Since there isn't any definitive guide on how to do this, over time, to some extent, I've written my own. Below is attached this document. 

 

It details the compositions I use and the sourcing/ synthesis I use to acquire each of the chemicals listed in the compositions on the first few pages. 

 

Although I certainly don't expect anyone to read the whole thing some specific sections may be useful to those who have similar limiting factors to myself (mainly lack of suppliers) or who simply prefer to take a more hands-on approach to produce the chemicals we often take for granted.  

 

It gets a bit chemistry based in sections but anyone with enough time should be able to get around it ok. Certainly, it's not too complex. 

 

To help those looking for a specific piece of information, some notable articles contained include: Sourcing/ Finding Potassium Nitrate (KNO3), Sourcing/ Finding Lump Charcoal for Black Powder, Sourcing/ Finding Potassium Chloride (KCl), Sourcing/ Finding PVC powder (For Injection Moulding), Preparation/ Synthesis of Barium Chlorate (Ba(ClO3)2) via electrolysis, and Preparation/ Synthesis of Copper Oxychloride (Cu2(OH)3Cl) 

 

In the next few months, I may post an updated version of this guide as I write more of it, but for now, I think it's complete enough to be of use. Further, when NYE rolls around I may get some video of all the compositions together firing in a series of mines and upload that so that each compositions performance can be seen. 

 

Attached File  A SYNTHESIS-BASED APPROACH TO OVER THE COUNTER PYROTECHNIC COMPOSITION.pdf   926.96KB   114 downloads

 

Regards, AP 


Edited by AustralianPyromaniac, 27 November 2018 - 03:06 AM.

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#2 Sulphurstan

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 02:22 PM

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This is a nice work. It is important to pass the knowledge to each other, but to compile it in a book, or PDF takes a lot of time. I plan to do it one day, once retired😶!
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Posted 21 May 2019 - 06:19 PM

Thank you so much for your work. As someone who is still relatively new to this hobby, much of this is invaluable.

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Posted 25 May 2019 - 03:15 PM

Thank you. I have saved this to my notes.



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Posted 25 May 2019 - 08:54 PM

Thank you. I have saved this and will print it for future reference



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Posted 15 August 2019 - 01:58 PM

This is great, thanks you so much!! PmCPCUfh85.png



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Posted 19 August 2019 - 07:50 AM

Did read it all. Some chemicals are just easier to purchase already made, but I understand that in some places it is not available. Also learned that you can use egg shells as a chemical. Not going to spoil it. Read it and find out if you are wondering. 



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Posted 19 August 2019 - 10:08 AM

Thank you very much its was very useful

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 12:21 AM

Glad to hear all the positive feedback about this guide! A second updated and expanded version of this guide which I am writing now will be published some time this year. It contains optimised OTC formulas which are the result of further testing I have done among many other updates and is now almost double the length of this first guide.  

 

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Edited by AustralianPyromaniac, 20 August 2019 - 12:25 AM.

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Posted 20 August 2019 - 10:57 AM

I am comprising a list of suppliers that I can hopefully be selling my own chemicals and supplies from soon.  :P



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Posted 11 September 2019 - 01:22 PM

(puts on tinfoil hat) Saved this for the future - just in case....



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Posted 24 September 2019 - 07:57 PM

Is their any reason I cannot view the above file.

#13 AustralianPyromaniac

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Posted 24 September 2019 - 09:19 PM

Is their any reason I cannot view the above file.


You can't open files till you've made at least one post. Now you've made a post you should be fine to view it.

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 09:51 PM

Just posting so I can download this haha.



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Posted 19 October 2019 - 08:44 AM

lots of good info, thanks. waiting for series 2

 

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