Posted 26 January 2004 - 08:22 PM
Does Activated Carbon and Potassium Permagante have any uses in pyro possibly in stars or something.
Posted 26 January 2004 - 09:31 PM
Posted 26 January 2004 - 10:20 PM
The topic of activated charcoal was discussed on rec.pyrotechnics a while ago. You could have a look in the google archive if you wanted. As far as I am aware, it is largely untested, but not particularly superior to regular willow charoal (for BP).
However, it does have a use in pyrotechnics other than compositions. As someone on the Forum said before, it is effective in absorbing poisons. If you have some activated carbon, you could keep some powdered in a liquid in your workshop. Then if you accidentally ingest anything unfriendly (which careful pyros seldom do), you can down the carbon. It could save your life.
Posted 26 January 2004 - 10:31 PM
Posted 26 January 2004 - 10:45 PM
Posted 26 January 2004 - 10:45 PM
"AC is a black, solid substance resembling granular or
powdered charcoal. It is extremely porous with a very large
surface area. One ounce of AC has an estimated 30,000
square yards of surface area.
accumulate on the surface of the AC. This is called
adsorption. The two main reasons that chemicals adsorb onto
AC is 1) a "dislike" of the water and 2) attraction to the
AC. Adsorption of most contaminants results from a
combination of 1 and 2.
Many organic compounds, such as chlorinated and nonchlorinated solvents, gasoline, pesticides and trihalomethanes can be adsorbed by AC. AC is also effective for removal of chlorine and moderately
effective for removal of some heavy metals.
Metals that are bound to organic molecules will also be removed by AC.
Fluoride, chloride, nitrate, hardness (calcium and
magnesium) and most metal ions are not removed by AC to any
It is important to note that carbon is not necessarily
the same as AC. AC removes vastly more contaminants from
water than does ordinary carbon."
I should therefore imagine that activated carbon is simply a very amorphous form of carbon.
Posted 27 January 2004 - 12:27 AM
I tried several Fish tank grades of AC to see if the surface area could help in the CIA method of BP production, Early on in my Pyro days. Makes Acceptable BP, but the surface area did not, as I could tell absorb any more Nitrate than any other Carbon/Charcoal/Coal. Just a thought.
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Posted 07 February 2004 - 08:15 PM
Activated Charcoal: Made from wood and vegetation.
Animal Charcoal: Made by charring bones, meat, or blood.
Lamp Black: Made from burning various oils and fats.
Gas Black: Made from the incomplete combustion of natural gas
Posted 08 February 2004 - 03:44 AM
Anyway will activated carbon help any bit if any chemicals are inhaled or just for ingestion of toxic chemicals? Now on a busy day when I start to get into making stars, shells, and cakes can I down some activated carbon just incase? I mean better safe than sorry but if ingested and does not neutralize another toxin is it poisonous?
Posted 14 February 2012 - 12:00 PM
Activated carbon works by absorbing toxins in your stomach, however "a lot of rubbish comes out of your body via bile, of which ~80% is re-absorbed, so it does have a chance of filtering your blood." (Information in quotes is only read on the internet by someone trying to sell it, so treat with caution.)
It will also soak up a lot of stuff wich is potentially quite useful to you, and if you get in the habit of necking activated carbon on a regular basis, you could start suffering from vitamin or mineral defficiensies.
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