(1) Fill the bottom half of the double boiler with water and bring to a
(2) Place the upper half of the boiler on the lower portion and add the
wax, sulfur, granulated sugar, and iron filings in the proper amount.
(3) Stir well to blend all the materials evenly.
(4) Remove the upper half of the double boiler from the lower portion and
either shut off the heat source or move the upper section several
feet from the fire.
CAUTION: EXTREME CARE SHOULD BE EXERCISED AT THIS POINT BECAUSE
ACCIDENTAL IGNITION OF THE MIXTURE IS POSSIBLE. SOME MEANS OF
EXTINGUISHING A FIRE SHOULD BE ACCESSIBLE. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP
FACE, HANDS, AND CLOTHING AT A REASONABLY SAFE DISTANCE DURING THE
REMAINDER OF THE PREPARATION. A FACE SHIELD AND FIREPROOF GLOVES ARE
(5) CAREFULLY add the required amount of potassium chlorate and again
stir well to obtain a homogeneous mixture.
(6) Pour the mixture into a brick mold and set aside until it cools and
(7) When hard, remove the incendiary from the mold, and paint it red to
simulate a normal building brick.
(1) When painted, the incendiary brick can be carried with normal
construction materials and placed in or on combustible materials.
(2) A short time delay in ignition can be obtained by combining fuses
and one of the igniters.
(penta, niperyth, penthrit)
PETN is a high explosive used in detonating that is one of the most
powerful military explosives
almost equal in force to nitroglycerine and RDX.
When used in a detonating cord, it has a detonation velocity of 21,000 feet
per second and is relatively insensitive to friction and shock from handling
PREPARATION: Four hundred cc. of strong white nitric acid
adding a little urea to fuming nitric acid, warming, and blowing dry air
through it until it is completely decolorized
is cooled in a 600 cc. beaker in
a freezing mixture of ice and salt. One hundred grams of pentaerythrite,
ground to pass a 50
mesh sieve, is added to the acid a little at a time with
efficient stirring while the temperature is kept below 5 degrees. After all
has been added, the stirring and the cooling are continued for 15 minutes. The
mixture is then drowned in about 4 liters of cracked ice and water. The crude
product, amounting to about 221 grams or 95% of the theory, is filtered off,
washed free from acid, digested for an hour with a liter of hot 0.5% sodium
carbonate solution, again filtered off and washed, dried, and finally
recdata bstallized from acetone. A good commercial sample of PETN melts at138.0
138.5 degrees. The pure material melts at 140.5
141.0 degrees, short prismatic
needles, insoluble in water, difficultly soluble in alcohol and ether.
(Cyclonite, Hexagon, rags K