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The Ultimate Smoke Bomb


There are many philes on smoke bombs, most of them are OK and some of them are wrong. Hopefully this file will correctly cover everything…

Uses Of Smoke Bombs

Smoke Bombs have an infinite amount of uses, some include:

1. “Pranks” such as lighting them in classrooms.

2. For cover, a pound or so of a smoke bomb in an ally couldn’t be see through by anyone chasing you.

3. Siginalling 4. Creating “confusion and chaos”

4. For thousands of other ideas, read The Stainless Steel Rat books by Harry Harrison for many more but impractical ideas.

The Original Smoke Bomb Recipie

OK, this isn’t “THE” original but it was the first that got excesivily popularized… FROM “STEAL THIS BOOK” BY ABBIE HOFFMAN “Sometimes it becomes strategically correct to confuse the opposition and provide a smoke screen to aid an escape. A real home-made smoke bomb can be made by combining 4 parts sugar to 6 parts saltpeter [Potassium Nitrate -Editor’s note] (available at all chemical supply stores). This mixture must then be heated over a very low flame. It will blend into a plastic substance. When this starts to gel, remove from heat and allow the plastic to cool. Embed a few wooden match heads into the mass while it’s still pliable and attach a fuse.”

Personal Experience W This Recipie

Do the cooking with a kitchen oven, candles DO NOT work at all, and camping stoves are better but hazardous (as Spartacus and The Data Controller will testify). Filmcans work, but arn’t the best because of the plastic and the small size. The best container seems to be small glass jars. Fuses are probably the hardest part, if you can use bought fuses. If not the best is to pour sterno over the top and light it, this will have an unpredictable time delay.

Colored Smoke Bombs

Allthough it has been claimed that adding food coloring to the above would change its color here are the ingredients for “real” colored smoke bombs…

Black Smoke Recepies

Magnesium powder – 19%
Hexachloroethane – 60%
Napthalene – 21%

Magnesium powder – 20%
Hexachloroethane – 60%
Napthalene – 20%

Hexachloroethane – 55.80%
Alpha Naphol – 14%
Athracene – 4.60%
Aluminum powder – 9.30%
Smokeless powder – 14%
Naphthalene – 2.30%

Black powder FFF – 50%
Potassium nitrate – 10%
Coal tar – 20%
Powdered charcoal – 15%
Paraffin – 5%

White Smoke Recipies

Ingredient – Percentage
Potassium chlorate – 44%
Sulfur flour – 15%
Zinc dust – 40%
Sodium bicarbonate – 1%

Zinc dust – 66.37%
Hexachloroethane – 33.33%

Zinc dust – 28%
Zinc oxide – 22%
Hexachloroethane – 50%

Yellow Smoke Recipies

Ingredient – Percentage
Potassium chlorate – 25%
Paranitraniline – 50%
Lactrose – 25%

Potassium chlorate – 30%
Naphthalene azodimethyl anline – 50%
Powdered sugar – 20%

Potassium chlorate – 21.40%
Naphthalene azodimethylanline – 2.70%
Auramine – 38%
Sodium biocarbonate – 28.50%
Sulfur flour – 9.40%

Green Smoke Recipie

Ingredient – Percentage
Potassium nitrate – 20
Red arsenic – 20
Sulfur flour – 20
Antimony sulfide – 20
Black powder FFF – 20

Red Smoke Recipie

Ingredient – Percentage
Potassium chlorate – 20%
Lactose – 20%
Paranitraniline red – 60%

Potassium chlorate – 26%
Diethylaminorosindone – 48%
Powdered sugar – 26%

Potassium chlorate – 27.40%
Methylaminoanthraquinone – 42.50%
Sodium bicarbonate – 19.50%
Sulfur flour – 10.60%

Potassium pechlorate – 25%
Antimony sulfide – 20%
Rhodamine red – 50%
Dextrin – 5%

While some of these chemicals are common and can be found in a kitchen many are fairly rare (when was the last time you heard of ……. “methylaminoanthraquinone”?). The best place to get them is obviously a Chemical Suppy place. They can be found in your phone book fairly easily. When ordering, the best way is in the mail C.O.D. However, some chemicals can’t be mailed though U.S. mail and therefore will be mailed through U.P.S or wehatever which will cost more and may not permit C.O.D. Good Luck!

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