Mystery Powder: Uncovering the Secret Behind Its Creation

In summary, the conversation discusses an experiment involving mixing alum, flower (possibly sulfur flower), and cornstarch in a 1:1:1 ratio and heating it in a covered pot to create a rapidly oxidizing powder. This did not work, but the residue was saved and later used as a substitute for charcoal in making gun powder. The residue was found to turn a vibrant red when cooled, resembling red phosphorus but without any known phosphorus-containing chemicals. Suggestions are made that the residue may be made of potassium polysulfides.
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Ok so I mixed alum (aluminium potassium sulfate... I think), flower,and cornstarch in a 1:1:1 ratio, and put that in a covered pot and heated it till it produced no more smoke/fumes. This was an attempt to make a rapidly oxidizing powder in air. It was very blind science, I am sorry to say. It didn't work so I took the residue and ground it up and saved it.

Then one day I was making gun powder and I didn't have enough charcoal, or sugar. Then I remembered that I had made that an it was mostly carbon any way. So I substituted it in for charcoal. It worked like a champ. But I soon noticed that the residue left behind seemed to turn a very vibrant red as it cooled.

This really puzzles me I don't know what it is. It looks like red phosphorus but, I don't think any of the chemicals contained phosphorus. What have I made?? Please some one help me out here.
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It would be great if you could show us a picture of it.
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With "flower" you mean "sulfur flower"?
If it's so, than that red residue, IMO, could be made of potassium polisulfides.

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