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Napalm and color flames

— Posted by LimitedPyro on 11:50 am on Mar. 2, 2002

I know napalm has been posted and so has different flame colors but i was wondering if it would be safe to mix napalm with the mixtures to make it burn different colors. I make my napalm from gasoline and styrofoam so if n e one has n e ideas on how to make napalm have colored flames i wouldnt mind hearing how to…. and if its safe

— Posted by jmb1125 on 12:00 pm on Mar. 2, 2002

I know barium chlorate will generate a nice green. Whether or not this sould be mixed with gasoline, well I’m not sure. I mix bar/chl 4:1 with powdered shellac for my green stars.

— Posted by LimitedPyro on 12:02 pm on Mar. 2, 2002

thanks ill try that… can u find barium chlorate in n e house hold items or at a hardware store?

— Posted by jmb1125 on 1:09 pm on Mar. 2, 2002

What country are you in? I hope it’s not U.K. or the commonwealths, because you won’t be able to get jack shit. If your in the states, try skylighter.

Your name isn’t Ltd.pyro, is it?

— Posted by pyro131313 on 4:04 pm on Mar. 2, 2002

um calcium chroride will get u blue flames and epsoM or epsoN salts will get u whiteflames. oh yea i dunno how to spell that epso-n/m thing so i dunno

— Posted by jmb1125 on 5:20 pm on Mar. 2, 2002

Copper carbonate might get some blue color-action going.

— Posted by Darkie on 10:20 pm on Mar. 2, 2002

I really don’t think adding the stuff will make ur napalm burn different colors. I think it is because of the type of reactions that take place. But i could be wrong. I would rather have some of that smoke dye from skylighter.com. Molitove cocktail spewing greem smoke..hehe.

— Posted by AbSoLuTeZeRo on 11:30 pm on Mar. 2, 2002

um is there any reason for wanting napalm to burn diferent colors, or did you just think what ever you were burning would be prettier if it were bright purple???

anyway, I have a magic book around here somewhere that tells you how to make different color flames with flash paper. they might work

— Posted by Hergor on 11:42 am on Mar. 3, 2002

normal copper dust gets you a green flame…

— Posted by jmb1125 on 10:36 pm on Mar. 3, 2002

zinc dust might give you something.

— Posted by Hergor on 2:47 pm on Mar. 4, 2002

i found the following:

Blue Copper chloride
Carmine Lithium chloride
Green Copper sulfate
Orange Calcium chloride
Purple Potassium chloride
Red Strontium chloride
Yellow Sodium chloride (table salt)

— Posted by ilovekayla on 11:16 pm on Mar. 9, 2002

i like but once again he also asked the question if its safe to mix.

— Posted by hippie john on 4:33 pm on Mar. 17, 2002

just find some of those steel sparklers and scrape off whatever color you want. 🙂

— Posted by Sicopath on 3:53 am on Mar. 18, 2002

Here’s a list of flame colours courtesy of my chemistry class.

Sodium- Orange
Lithium- Pink
Strontium- Scarlet-red
Calcium- Orange-red
Barium- Yellow(ish)
Copper-Lime- green
Potassium- Lilac
Zinc/Lead- Blue

The type of salts we burned were chlorides.
I don’t know of many other anions that will oxidise easily, i’ll see what I can find out.

— Posted by preditor on 4:04 am on Mar. 18, 2002

I read somewere that you could make napalm with shreaded soap and petrol, I havn’t tried this but it may give you some cool affects

— Posted by Hergor on 12:52 pm on Mar. 18, 2002

some soaps are made of palmitic acid which is part of the original ‘napalm‘. the other part is naphthenic acid which can be derived from petroleum i think. but i don’t know in how far just mixing those together and heating them will present real napalm… Zambosan, do you know if it works like that?

— Posted by Zambosan on 1:08 pm on Mar. 18, 2002

You can heat them in a double boiler, boiling the gasoline.  You can actually use any soap (not detergent); I used to use ivory snow laundry detergent.  It makes more of a paste though… I always enjoyed the polystyrene based napalm better.

— Posted by LimitedPyro on 3:19 pm on Mar. 18, 2002

i just used styrofoam and gasoline and that work just as good except it would never dry so i couldnt make it into a powder so u might not wanna go with what i did….

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