Thermite, mixing, testing and more mixing

The following is an instructable type article, it is not meant to be done outside of laboratory conditions or under strict supervision with solid safety conditions in effect. I would suggest using cement pads/concrete bricks to use as a base and surround it. Have a water hose on hand and a type ABC dry or D if you can get one. Always wear welding gloves at a minimum, I prefer Kevlar gloves and a Kevlar/Wool working apron. Also use goggles under a full face shield.

Otherwise, honestly, dont be an idiot. Use common sense, and if you dont understand what common sense is, good luck.

After several months of testing various combinations for thermite, a solid easily lit one consists of equal parts iron oxide (red or black- I prefer red) aluminum dust 30 micron/mesh is amazing and works great- add approximately 1/3 the total, unless looking at using large amounts over a liter at a time, in yellow powdered sulfur. For extra cutting power and higher temperatures you can also add between 1/4 and 1/2 the total in potassium permangenate as well.

Lighting this mixture can be achieved with a match, though I prefer making a fuse by crumbling two standard sparklers, making the flakes very small, into dust, encapsulating a regular cannon fuse or electrical model rocket fuse with the dust from sparklers- use paper/plastic or my favorite discarded 7.62×51/5.56×45 or similar cartridges. Crimp top of case, leave primer pocket open.

Place fuse about halfway into thermite mixture, I use 12 centimeters of cannon fuse, it burns about 6 seconds. I prefer electrical ignition, however, there are times when that simply won’t work and besides, lighting a fuse is so darn fun!

I use a variety of containment devices, this is up too you. Remember, thermite is legal as long as it isnt used for destructive purposes, it can be used for welding, cutting or starting wet wood fires. Old pill bottles work great.

Test carefully, it burns hot enough to remove limbs easily! And it wouldnt be pleasant, so be careful. In fact, dont do it. Just watch cool videos of others and enjoy them.

Free the mind and the body will follow

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Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, and provides commentary to many varied places based on a background that includes education in criminal justice, history, religion and even insurgency tactics and tactical training. His current role in his community is as an organizer of sorts and a preacher of community solidarity and agorism. He also runs Liberty Practical Training, a self defense school specializing in the practical applications of defensive approaches versus the theoretical. As an agorist, voluntaryist and atheist his life is seen as crazy and wild by many, though once they get to know him most realize he is a bluntly honest individual who will give you the shirt off his back if he believes it is necessary to help you. Very simple, "That which is voluntary between all individuals involved is always right, if it is not voluntary, it is always wrong."
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2 Responses to Thermite, mixing, testing and more mixing

  1. jeffreycanthony says:

    One thing for the newbie to remember, do NOT try to use water to put out thermite. secondary fires perhaps, but it’s known for being hot enough to turn water into fuel for it.

    I wonder if glycerin would work if you have potassium permanganate in the mix? Those two alone ignite pretty well when by themselves.


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