Pyrotechnics, Rocketry & Explosive Science

Kitchen Improvised Blasting Caps

You are going to learn how to create relatively safe blasting caps. The home producer can manufacture a cap that will work 99% of the time. These “homemade” caps will detonate most of the high explosives that their commercial counterparts will.

Fuse caps are blasting caps that are fired by the flame from a safety fuse. This flame ignites the flash charge of loose black powder. This, in turn, ignites the primary explosive. This primary explosive makes the transition from burning (deflagration) to detonation. These caps can be loaded as a simple cap or a compound cap. The compound caps are usually a good deal stronger due to the high explosive base charge.

Electric blasting caps offer a good deal more versatility to the blaster. This allows better and more remote blasting operations and the possibility for timed blasting applications are great but cannot offer the versatility of application.

Kitchen Improvised Blasting Caps discusses two different types of explosives. Primary and base explosives, with respect to blasting cap manufacture and the manufacture of these explosives.

This pamphlet covers following topics:

  • How Blasting Caps Works
  • Fuse Cap Manufacture
  • Electric Blasting Cap Manufacture
  • HMTD
  • DDNP
  • Acetone Peroxide
  • Double Salts
  • TACC
  • Mercury Fulminate
  • Lead Picrate
  • Nitrogen Sulfide
  • Silver Fulminate
  • Nitromannite
  • RDX
  • PETN
  • Picric Acid
  • MMAN
  • Tetryl
  • TeNN
  • Nitroguanidine

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