> > I knew it would happen. :-(
> > Somebody (very young, I suspect) has e-mailed me and asked what's so bad about
> > Zinc/Sulfur as a rocket fuel. This individual had made several Zinc/Sulfur fueled
> > rockets and thought Zinc/Sulfur was a very safe & stable fuel!
> > I suggest anybody contemplating using Zinc/Sulfur (also known as micrograin) first
> > read the guest editorial in the Nov 1995 HPR magazine. The writer suffered 2nd & 3rd
> > degree burns over 40% of his body from micrograin.
> > jimball
> I talked with Brandy last night. AKA "Ball Park Brandy" He plumps when you cook him!
> I know it's cruel but we can laugh about it now since he lived. If you think micro grain
> safe you have NO CLUE!!! You should see Brandy it's god awful. He was in a morphine
> induced coma for over a month. He said you can't even describe the pain. 3 years later he
> has not fully recovered and never will. You need to ask yourself is it worth it? I would
> hope the
> answer would be NOPE!!! DON'T BE A DOPE!
You said it, Rich--clueless.
I'm glad to hear that Brandy is recovering. There was never any follow up note in HPR.
I am constantly amazed by the remarks from individuals I see here and in other forums who
get so upset and defensive when somebody remarks that motor making is dangerous and not for
the uninformed to attempt.
These same individuals then proceed to explain how safe and harmeless motor making is and how
it's all a plot by the motor makers to make us all pay more for motors. They then usually
describe all the motors they have made and how they never got hurt when the motors exploded
or burned on the pad. The attitudes are sometimes quite belligerent.
JUST BECAUSE you haven't killed yourself yet doesn't mean it is safe. Stating it is safe or
harmless in a public forum is very irresponsible. Young people 12 & 13 years old read these
Even complete awareness of the risks involved, understanding those risks and taking the
necessary steps to reduce those risks still doesn't make it a safe activity. It is still a
dangerous thing to do. If you are smart and have done your homework, then the risks can be
reduced to an acceptable, manageable level--but they cannot ever be eliminated, only managed.
Ask Morton Thiokol about risk management. Ask Quest. On a local note, ask Atlas Powder
Company in Joplin, Mo. near my home town. Sometimes the numbers just don't work in your
favor. Entropy rules every system.
There is some risk in every activity we do and every hobby known to humanity.
The ability to wisely assess that risk, determine if the risk is worth the reward, and then
take responsible steps to minimize the risk to yourself and others is not an inborn gift
granted to all of us equally. It must be learned. It must be practiced.
I want to make my own propellant. I've had a couple of chemistry classes. I have some
background job experience and training in handling hazardous chemicals. I have my BATF
permit. I am NOT going to buy a propellant recipe book and start mixing propellant in my
I WILL take a propellant making course as soon as one is available near me.
Risk should never be ignored.