Composition B

The B stands for Boom. This is where I’ll document experiments pertaining to mixtures of elements for explosive compositions. There is a process for dealing with elements, minerals, chemicals, and compounds. Before any mixing of a substance with another, one must already anticipate how it will react to that interaction. This can often include a lot of research. It’s a great way to learn though. You don’t just go jumbling chemicals with elements to see what happens; that’s how pharmaceuticals are made. We don’t want any part of that nonsense! This is a serious matter for serious alchemists and these experiments are conducted in a controlled environment under safety guidelines.

A fire room is a space designed where if a fire got out of control it would be contained to that space. It’s also called a fire room because there are often fires set inside it. A fire room may also be reinforced into a blast room, which is where small controlled explosives are tested. This is the type of room I use because of the nature of this work. Experiments performed outside proper safety guidelines is an exercise in gross negligence and you should expect bad things to happen. This information is available merely as a record of research and experiments I’ve conducted. I believe in the freedom of responsible individuals to do as they please as long as it doesn’t interfere with the freedoms of others. [Common sense being applied]

Latest experiments:

Ratios of ingredients are adjustable to an extent.
Too much base composition will cause inconsistent burn.

The Burn Ball:
1 part melted wax (base composition)
2 part 3-4FA gun powder (fuel w/ potassium nitrate oxidizer)

Explosive Paste:
1 part melted wax (base composition)
1 part grease fat (fuel)
1 part Ammonium Persulfate (oxidizer)

Gun powders with an “A” rating contain potassium nitrate as an oxidizer and powders with a “B” rating contain sodium nitrate as an oxidizer. Each will give you a different kind of burn.
The burn process is the release of energy from oxygen replacing bonds in other elements (oxidation). The transformation (replacement by oxygen) in these elements is the light we see as fire.
Three elements are needed for this to happen:
1. Fuel (material to be oxidized)
2. Oxidizer (a substance capable of accepting electrons)
3. Heat (ignition, spark)

I suggest reading the Wikipedia article about Flame and this page about Oxidizing Materials.

-Jeremy Edward Dion


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