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quote:Originally posted by chrisClearly this isn't how the chinese did it - so where did they get their saltpeter ?Chris"I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception" - Groucho Marx
quote:Originally posted by gsmollin"...the war between the states..." Must be a southerner.
quote:Originally posted by maxinteraxHiPhorphoresence is produced by phosphorous.Has anyone tried to extract salt petre from dung?best wishesMax
quote:Originally posted by cuso4I came across a piece of information that says gunpowder are made of charcoal, sulphur and salpeter. What is salpeter anyway?Angel"The people who will succeed are those who see the invisible and do the impossible."
quote:Originally posted by daveshortsThere was also a process which somehow involved oxidising the urea in urine to saltpeter. I am not sure of the exact process but it happens naturally in animal sheds as you can sometimes see the phosphorescent glow from the saltpeter in old animal sheds.I belive that at one point there was alaw that said you had to collect all the urine made in your house and give it to special urine collectors who would then make saltpeter with it.
"Urine is extremely high in potassium and nitrites"I doubt that.
I think you need to use stale urine -