Article#1: Extraction of Potassium Nitrate from soilPotassium nitrate can be extracted from many natural sources and can beused to make nitric acid, black powder, and many pyrotechnics. The yield rangesfrom.1 to 10% by weight, depending on the fertility of the soil.Materials Source--------- ------Nitrate bearing earth or other Soil contaying decaying animal or vegetablematerial, about 3-1/2 gallons. matter.Fine wood ashes, 1/2 cup. Totally burned wood products.5gallonbucket2 pieces of finely woven cloth,each slightly larger than thebottom of the bucket.Shallow pan or dish at least aslarge as bottom of bucket.Shallow heat resistant containerceramic or metal.Water,1-3/4 gallons.Awl, knife screwdriver or otherhole producing instrument.Alcohol (ethyl or isopropyl)1 gallonHeat source, fire, stove.paperTapeProcedure---------1 Punch holes in the bottom of the bucket so that the entire surface is coveredwith them.2 Place cloth flat on bottom of bucket.Spread ashes on cloth.Place second piece of cloth on top of ashes3 Fill bucket with earth.4 Place bucket over shallow container. Support bucket with sticks if necessary.5 Boil water and pour it over earth in bucket a little at atime. Allow water to run through holes in bucket into shallow container. Be surewater runs through all of the earth. Allow liquid to cool and settle for 1 to 2hours.