H3

General Information | Low Order / Burst

AKA: None known.
Appears: Coarse black powder.
Formula:
Stability: Fairly stable.
Sensitivity: Flame, very hard shock.
Solubility: Partial solubility in water.
Velocity: N/A

Availability

Not commercially available.

Preparation

Ingredient Percent (Weight)
Potassium chlorate (KClO3) 75
Charcoal (C) 23
Dextrin 2
    Preparing H3 is actually a quite simple process. The ingredients should best be powdered as finely as possible before you begin; Always grind these ingredients seperately, since chlorates are friction sensitive oxidizers. Once the ingredients are powdered, mix them all thoroughly. Moisten the mixture just enough to make it clump with hot water, and then use a piece of screen to granulate the material. Dry the H3 in an oven set to 125 degrees for about three hours. Since it is heat senstive, setting the oven higher than 125 degrees runs a very high risk of igniting the material.

Effects

    H3 is a relatively fast burning lift/burst composition. Sources indicate it is made to be used as a burst charge for aerial shells, but it serves just as well in salutes and other small explosive devices. It is also relatively stable. However, since it is a chlorate based explosive it should not be directly exposed to sulfur or phosphorus. If potassium chlorate can be had readily H3 is one of the best explosives to make in terms of ease of manufacture, power, and stability.

Precautions

    Mildly shock and friction sensitive.
    Very flame sensitive. Keep away from sparks and open flame.
    Do not expose to sulfur or phosphorus.
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