Ready to experience a black-powder-making religious conversion?
I urge you to read the whole article that my friend Jason Land wrote on “Polverone Revisited.” (Polverone is just another variety of black powder.)
Here is a “new” old technique for making large quantities black powder (BP) faster and cheaper that could make a huge difference to your fireworks making.
If making black powder has been a problem for you, you really need to see Jason’s description of this game-changing method for making BP. In fact, the technique he describes was developed and adopted by the leading fireworks club in the US, the Florida Pyrotechnic Arts Guild (FPAG). This club contains the highest concentration of expert fireworks makers in the US, perhaps even in the world.
I consider it a very, very important milestone in making black powder for amateur fireworkers. Why?
Because it makes the process so much easier, less expensive, and waaaaay less time-consuming.
Now the method doesn’t churn out low grade BP whose quality is compromised by any means. It is every bit as powerful and effective as commercial powder.
But you get commercial quality BP, while drastically reducing the amount of time, effort, and equipment needed to make it.
Say you need to make 2FA (grain size) black powder (particles about ¼ inch in size).
- Need to buy and customize an arbor press or hydraulic press? Forget it!
- Buy a comet pump and press your fine black powder into “pucks” and let them dry for weeks? Forget it!
- Break the pucks up and granulate them? Fageddaboutit!
These used to be time-consuming and expensive steps. But they were important, because…
Well, because black powder is the engine of the whole pyro-universe.
And having an unlimited supply of cheap, powerful, black powder in different grades (particle sizes such as 2FA, 4FA, etc.) opens the door for you to an unlimited array of fireworks. But without those grades of BP, you’re limited in the kinds of fireworks you can make.
What FPAG developed was a method of making BP that all of their geographically dispersed members could use to make the SAME, consistent quality of black powder, no matter where they lived.
You see, they HAD to find a way to do this.
They needed a process by which more than 100 expert fireworkers could each make BP which would perform the same for all of them.
Why did they need to do THAT?
Because this collection of extraordinarily accomplished fireworks makers produces fireworks in such huge quantities, and of such size that they need hundreds of pounds of BP for the fireworks displays that they periodically create. They even make and donate commercial quality fireworks displays to worthy causes. Not to mention the amazing displays they create just to amuse themselves.
Their shows contain dozens and dozens of world-class, professionally made shells and other fireworks. And a big shell might need 30 pounds of BP in it!
So, they developed a method that anyone with a ball mill could use. And it yields the same grade and size black powder for everyone. And their BP costs a tiny fraction of what commercial BP costs—even tho it is just as powerful.
If you need BP for making fireworks, read this very important article by Jason Land. It will change your fireworking life.
Commercial black powder will cost you between $12 and $24 per pound delivered. If you need to get black powder in large quantities, then consider Skylighter’s Black Powder Kits.
Be sure and download Jason Land’s “Polverone Revisited” black powder making article right here, and learn how you can make commercial quality BP cheap, easy, and with waaay less equipment.
And tell us what you think of his article in the comments below. Feel free to give us your questions, too. We’ll help you.