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#1 passgas

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Posted 23 November 2022 - 08:30 PM

If I was to use a 10 parts charcoal with 15 parts sulfur will it produce more smoke than the 15 parts charcoal, 10 parts sulfur BP? Blank loads for a cannon. Another thing. What would happen with a blank load of green meal BP? Slower burning? More smoke or fire?


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Posted 25 November 2022 - 10:39 AM

To the first question, I would expect more smoke. Your proposed formula both (a) moves away from the stoichiometric "ideal" ratio of black powder constituents and (b ) increases the proportion of sulfur to KNO3. I would expect (a) to slow down the burning and (b ) to increase the amount of solid potassium sulfide in the smoke cloud.

To the second question, I would expect more smoke and a larger fireball. The green meal should burn slower than the standard cannon powder, giving a more visible muzzle flash and more smoke from less efficient burning.

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Posted 25 November 2022 - 07:04 PM

I think for the sake of using what I have on hand I will do a 4 0z of riced bp with 4 oz of milled green meal. I will

report what happens.



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Posted 26 November 2022 - 06:28 PM

I would think the green meal would be more of a slow rolling fireball with not much of a bang.... But then again I don't have a cannon!

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Posted 26 November 2022 - 11:26 PM

Shit... yer using 8 OZ of powder and ain’t got enough smoke or fire? What you shooting-  a 16” off the Missouri? :D


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Posted 04 December 2022 - 09:25 PM

Shit... yer using 8 OZ of powder and ain’t got enough smoke or fire? What you shooting-  a 16” off the Missouri? :D

No . Eight ounces is one of the lighter loads being shot in the group I run with. They normally push 12 to 14 ounces. .For my cannon since it is

a  mountain howitzer  I run with 8 ounces and use 10 to grab more attention. 



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Posted 04 December 2022 - 09:30 PM

I tried the 4 oz meal plus 4 oz of riced powder and it was not worth wasting the powder for the bang. I did get a good bang going 8 oz bp with 4 oz carbon stars. 

It will be the night time load for now own. Also a 12 oz load of bp using lump charcoal did give it a good flame Maybe due to load size though.



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Posted Yesterday, 03:03 AM

If you want attention, get ahold of some 8-ish mesh sponge Ti. Just remember it’s like flaming birdshot tho :D Guaranteed to light up the night. And a gloomy day too.


I like smoke! On food or in the air equally well.




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