Pure Pyro

Pure pyro is a very fun hobby and for the most part, less dangerous than actual chemistry. It is all about fireworks; manufacturing them and testing them.


Douchermann's Fool-Proof Pictorials If you can't follow one of these, you need more help than any of my pictorials can provide you.


The Cherry Bomb - A smaller explosive than the M-80, but still just as dangerou. This is the type that was outlawed in 1966, not a mock-up.

The M-80 - The classic firecracker. This is the type that was outlawed in 1966, not the ones you can buy today

2 Inch Aerial Shell - Detailed pictorial on 2 inch spherical aerial shell manufacture

2 Inch Dago Bomb - Detailed pictorial on 2 inch aerial salute manufacture (It helps to read the 2 Inch Aerial Shell pictorial)

4 Inch Aerial Shell -



Black Powder - The most used pyrotechnic powder

Flashpowder - 70:30 type - The potassium perchlorate/german dark aluminum type flashpowder

Flashpowder - 60:40 type - The zinc/sulfur type flashpowder

Flashpowder - 50:50 type - The potassium nitrate/magnesium type flashpowder

H3 - Faster than blackpowder but slower than flash; an interesting mixture

Negative X - Start a fire with water

Smoke Mix - Classic white smoke mix using potassium nitrate and sugar.

Thermite - The pyrotechnic mixture that you can weld with



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I've finally gotten around to doing a little pure pyro stuff. Here is a short list of what I'll will be trying to make pictorials for.

Rolling stars

Pumping stars

Cutting stars

Rolling coreless stars

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Pyrotechnic Formulae (No Pictorials) Formulas to star compositions, rocket propellants, and other miscelaneous compositions. All burn tests are conducted by Douchermann himself.


Red Stars - All stars that burn red, strontium compound based

Blue Stars - All stars that burn blue, copper compound based

Green Stars - All stars that burn green, barium compound based

Purple Stars - All stars that burn purple, copper and strontium compound based

Yellow Stars - All stars that burn yellow, normally sodium compound based

White Stars - All stars that burn white, usually aluminum or magnesium based

Other Colored Stars - The colors that didn't have enough formulas circulating around to get their own page.


Effect Stars - The effect stars can not be put into classes so they are all one one page.

Strobe Stars - The stars that turn on and off

Smoke Stars - Daytime stars

Priming Compositions, Changing Relays, and Break Charges

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