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Posted: 2/18/2006 1:11:18 PM EDT
Just out of curiosity.

How much crap and urine did you use and how much nitrate did you end up with?

How long did it take to create the nitrates?
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 1:14:17 PM EDT
Being produced constantly in my aquariums.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 1:15:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Tras:
Being produced constantly in my aquariums.


+1
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 1:22:08 PM EDT
There's a lot of it on the ground by my bird feeder.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 1:31:42 PM EDT
Perhaps this is more a survival forum question...
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 1:39:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/18/2006 1:40:04 PM EDT by Greenhorn]
Why make it when you can easily buy it?

What kind of nitrates are you talking about?
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 1:40:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/18/2006 1:41:11 PM EDT by blacklisted]

Originally Posted By Greenhorn:
Why make it when you can easily buy it?

What kind of nitrates are you talking about?



There may come a time when you can't easily buy it.

Probably potassium nitrate and ammonium nitrate.

That's my guess.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 1:41:48 PM EDT
I helped a plumber once, saw all the potassium nitrate build up in the pipes. The smell?

Link Posted: 2/18/2006 1:42:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By raven:
I helped a plumber once, saw all the potassium nitrate build up in the pipes. The smell?




How could potassium nitrate form in the pipes? It's extremely soluable, any that formed would rinse away with each flush.
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 1:54:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By blacklisted:

Originally Posted By Greenhorn:
Why make it when you can easily buy it?

What kind of nitrates are you talking about?



There may come a time when you can't easily buy it.

Probably potassium nitrate and ammonium nitrate.

That's my guess.



yep. I can see a day when the BATFEI will require extensive fingerprinting, licensing, fees etc just to buy blackpowder.

We've already had congress critters propose licensing requirements to purchase fertilizer...
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 2:03:36 PM EDT
http://www.cheresources.com/nitricacid.shtml
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 2:06:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/18/2006 2:06:38 PM EDT by raven]

Originally Posted By Greenhorn:

Originally Posted By raven:
I helped a plumber once, saw all the potassium nitrate build up in the pipes. The smell?




How could potassium nitrate form in the pipes? It's extremely soluable, any that formed would rinse away with each flush.



It wont dissolve into a solution that's already saturated (eg, fresh urine)
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 2:11:57 PM EDT
Hey you can come to my yard, the dog leaves some BIG logs there
Link Posted: 2/18/2006 3:24:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By raven:

Originally Posted By Greenhorn:

Originally Posted By raven:
I helped a plumber once, saw all the potassium nitrate build up in the pipes. The smell?




How could potassium nitrate form in the pipes? It's extremely soluable, any that formed would rinse away with each flush.



It wont dissolve into a solution that's already saturated (eg, fresh urine)



Yes, but it will disolve with the other 3 or 4 gallons of water coming down the pipe. My guess is it wasn't potassium nitrate at all in the pipes and the plumber didn't know what he was talking about. It was more likely mineral salts or calcium from hard water.
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