Sodium Chlorate is a strong oxidizer used in the manufacture of explosives. It
can be used in place of
Material Required Sources
2 carbon or lead rods (1 in. diameter Dry Cell Batteries
by 5 in. long) (2-1/2 in. diameter by
7" long) or plumbing
Salt, or ocean water Grocery store or ocean
Sulfuric acid, diluted Motor Vehicle Batteries
2 wires, 16 gauge (3/64 in. diameter approx.), 6 ft. long, insulated.
1 gallon glass jar, wide mouth (5 in. diameter by 6 in. high approx.)
Large flat pan or tray
1. Mix 1/2 cup of salt into the one gallon glass jar with 3 litres (3 quarts) of
2. Add 2 teaspoons of battery acid to the solution and stir vigorously for 5
3. Strip about 4 inches of insulation from both ends of the two wires.
4. With knife and sticks, shape 2 strips of wood 1 by 1/8 by 1-1/2. Tie the wood
strips to the lead
or carbon rods so that they are 1-1/2 incles apart.
5. Connect the rods to the battery in a motor vehicle with the insulated wire.
6. Submerge 4-1/2 inches of the rods in the salt water solution.
7. With gear in neutral position, start the vehicle engine. Depress the
accelerator approx. 1/5 of
its full travel.
8. Run the engine with the accelerator in this position for 2 hours, then shut
it down for 2 hours.
9. Repeat this cycle for a total of 64 hours while maintaining the level of the
solution in the glass jar.
CAUTION: This arrangement employs voltages which can be quite dangerous! Do not
touch bare wire
leads while engine is running!!
10. Shut off the engine. Remove the rods from the glass jar and disconnect wire
leads from the
11. Filter the solution through the heavy cloth into a flat pan or tray, leaving
the sediment at the
bottom of the glass jar.
12. Allow the water in the filtered solution to evaporate at room temperature
(approx. 16 hours). The
residue is approximately 60% or more sodium chlorate which is pure enough to be
used as an