TetraKO diy?

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TetraKO is a cornstarch based fire suppressant used by firefighters. It can do things like stick to burning ceilings making it superior to normal water. It was featured on a recent NOVA episode "making things safer" I think.

I've been playing with cornstarch and water for the last few hours and can't quite get the right consistency. Anyone ever made this stuff? I am sure there is more to it than just cornstarch and water, but don't know what that is.
 

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Have you looked to see if there is an MSDS for the mixture? Maybe that would help in fabricating it.
 
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Yes, I called a number and they emailed it to me in no time. However, the juicy details were hidden under the "proprietary" label, other than the carcinogenic substances. I guess it is just a trade secret, would have been fun to demonstrate.
 
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You could try searching for their patent if they have patented their product.
 

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