Aluminum #809 American Dark Pyro, -325 mesh

(3 customer reviews)

$16.00 Per Pound

Aluminum powder is one of the most often used fuels in pyrotechnics. A wide range of effects are possible with different types of powder, with differences in particle size, shape, and impurities. The finest powders (e.g., German Dark and XD-30) can be ‘airfloat’ and are commonly used in flash compositions. Fine aluminum is also used in small percentages in some hobby-rocket fuels. Courser powders are generally used for sparkling effects. With these larger particle types, many effects–such as flitter, glitter, firefly and snowball–can be achieved.

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Dark (Pyro) Aluminium: It is a very fine powder and dark grey in color. Nominal mesh size is 200 but it contains particles of 2µ. There is a wide variety of uses for dark aluminum, for example, flash powders, star compositions, fountains, waterfalls, torches, flares, etc. For all these purposes it is generally used as a fuel. Many powders sold as “dark” aren´t really dark aluminium but the atomized type (often 63µ) and although the color of the former may vary it has to be dark grey and not light grey or even whitish grey (some of the best dark aluminium comes from Eckart Germany and this powder is nearly black in color = German Dark). Under the microscope, it´s possible to identify atomized and dark powders quite well: the former are spherical in shape while the latter are irregular and angular. Dark aluminum is generally the most expensive of all the aluminum powders.

Aluminium is a neurotoxin that alters the function of the blood-brain barrier. Additionally, small particles that are airborne act as tiny razors when they come in contact with lung or eye tissue, and a dust mask and goggles should be worn at all times when working with aluminum powder. Mixtures containing nitrates and aluminum powder are prone to heating up spontaneously and may ignite, especially when wet. This is caused by the reduction of the nitrate by aluminum, forming amides. These very basic compounds react further with aluminum powder in a very exothermic reaction that can cause spontaneous ignition. An ammonia smell is often produced in this reaction. Adding 1 to 2% boric acid to compositions containing nitrates and aluminum is common practice and will often prevent spontaneous ignition.

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 6 × 2 in

3 reviews for Aluminum #809 American Dark Pyro, -325 mesh

  1. blackbeard420 (verified owner)

    Perfect quality, performs better than expected!

  2. Sandra Fieft

    Great aluminum and a great price for a hard-to-find product.

  3. Sniperghost (verified owner)

    Good all around fine Aluminum powder, with multiple uses. Helps bulk up flash a bit too, when mixed with Indian black or German dark. Also makes good Flash by itself, that takes up a little more space than usual, due its slightly fluffier particle size.
    Loud too!!

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