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Offline chemKNOX

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HEY THERE!

I was curious if anyone knew where i could get saltpeter i have been to a few gardening stores but when i asked if they carried potassium nitrate they all gave me blank stares of incomprehension... are there any popular brand names i should look for or chain stores where you know they carry this stuff?

THANKS!!! [O8)]
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From where can I get Saltpeter (Potassium Nitrate)?
« Reply #1 on: 04/01/2009 01:26:57 »
When I was a kid I wanted to make black powder and we knew we could get it in a "Apotheke" (German pharmacy). We never got it because we could not muster the courage to actually walk in there and ask.

I looked up the question for the USA and I found one answer on Yahoo!:

"Saltpeter is sold in many local drug stores (as opposed to the big chains). Look near the epsom salts."

They also warned that questions might be asked if you attempt to buy it in large quantities. And posted this link:
http://www.sargentwelch.com/potassium-nitrate-laboratory-quickprep-capsules-each-makes-50-ml-of-15-m-15-n-solution-pkg-of-3/p/WLC98087-03_EA/

Hope this helps and I hope you are not planning to explode anything. One of my college colleagues messed with explosives and blew off part of his hand. And I am certain he thought that he would be OK as well.

Karsten
 

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From where can I get Saltpeter (Potassium Nitrate)?
« Reply #2 on: 14/01/2009 18:57:55 »
What are you intending to blow up mate?
 

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From where can I get Saltpeter (Potassium Nitrate)?
« Reply #3 on: 15/01/2009 04:38:04 »
The fifth of November has already passed!
 

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From where can I get Saltpeter (Potassium Nitrate)?
« Reply #4 on: 15/01/2009 04:41:14 »
You'll find some cheap potassium nitrate right here. You might have to pay for the shipping though ;)
 

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From where can I get Saltpeter (Potassium Nitrate)?
« Reply #5 on: 15/01/2009 04:44:08 »
But I would recommend buying it from the suppliers
 

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