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The black powder thread. Post any questions or comments on black powder here. I am also wondering who likes to take what processes when making their own black powder. Here's my story:

I am in the middle of processes right now. I have been using a 3lb rock tumbler style mill with 100 .50 cal lead bullets. I just recently was given (by my girlfriend) a 1/2 HP motor. It's a beast at 24.5 pounds/ 11.11 kg. It is whisper quiet right now, but will operate a loud ball mill I'm sure. Not sure on the size of drum I will be using, but it is going to be moderatley sized. I've got a design thought for my mill to support various sized drums. I'll keep you updated if it goes through. I currently make 100g batches and make pulverone with dextrin added. I use what I believe to be weeping willow charcoal.

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I have made my first succesful blackpowder batch( 30g) in my small and crappy balll mill.

Dextrin was mixed to the BP, dampened with water to make granulated BP with a spaghetti-strainer.

Here is a video of it:



Does the BP burned at a good speed???
Bp was made with willowcharcoal and was milled for 2 hours with oval fishing sinkers.

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That definitley needed to be milled for a lot longer. No experience with "super-duper fast rye charcoal". Are you talking about Cocoa Powder or BP that rye was the charcoal used? Btw, instead of putting two posts in a row within 1 hour it would be best to just edit your first post.

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Hi

Does it really need to be milled longer???? :)

I thought that is superfast for blackpowder. :P;)


Then need to mill the BP for 3 hours or longer???
The maximum milling time for my ball mill is 6 hours.
1. Because of my mother :)
2. Because the transformator will get quite warm.
3. My motor has got a crappy quality.

I would say it is time to build a very efficient ball mill.
PS: I cant make that much BP, since my neighbour is from the police( they looking for kids who create illegall devices, i learned it the hard way, as I was firing a 1" salute shell on new-years eve.)


Pyrostar

Caps, smileys, dubbleposts. Now it's a real warning. T.

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Dear Pyrostar.

I have edited a bunch of your posts in verry little time.
You have been semi-warned to use caps in the right places and go easy on the smileys.
This time you get a real warning. (yes, dutch people on this board would've gotten one much earlier.)
Read the RULES and make sure you don't get another one in the future.
Gr33tZ

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The BP in your movie looks okay for lifting small things. Just try firing a single star or a small shell some day.


Actually, it's the other way around. Slower than normal BP will lift a bigger shell just as good as fast BP, smaller things however need very fast BP to lift properly. In example a roman candle, if you use slow BP it will be shit, that starts won't fly more than a meter out of the tube, Fast BP will sound like a cannon and will send the star very high.

But, Fast BP is always better than slow so just aim to get good servicable BP that suits your needs.

Cheers.

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