Kirk vs Gorn
ps. You forgot the diamonds, sulfur, and charcoal.
pps. What the hell is saltpeter anyways? google google google. hmmmm....
"The earliest known complete purification process for potassium nitrate was outlined in 1270 by the chemist and engineer Hasan al-Rammah of Syria in his book ..."
1270? Good grief! Sounds old school.
And where do you get it?
"A major natural source of potassium nitrate was the deposits crystallizing from cave walls and the accumulations of bat guano in caves. Extraction is accomplished by immersing the guano in water for a day, filtering, and harvesting the crystals in the filtered water. Traditionally, guano was the source used in Laos for the manufacture of gunpowder for Bang Fai rockets."
I can't speak for why anyone else hangs out at PF, but I know why I do. :)
Yup Bat Poop was a huge business. want to be rich in the 19th century go to south America and harvest some of the largest deposits of bat guano before they were discovered in our past. make a deal with the natives to process it into nitrate and then ship it to Europe or north to the Colonies