Join Date: Apr 2014
...and the results are in!
I saturated a bit of BP with 3 in 1 oil as shown in the images I posted.
Unfortunately, the porosity of the fireproof crucible sucked the oil away from the powder, and left it high and dry!
I repeated it in a stainless steel cup, saturated the powder as before and waited 24 hours. The result is the powder ignited slowly and somewhat reluctantly, and burned much more slowly than fresh, unsaturated powder does.
I stand corrected.
Do not use oil. Yes, the volatility was significantly reduced, but, as it still burned, I wouldn't recommend it. Period.
I'm doing the same with water. It's soaking right now, tomorrow I will take the water away and dry the powder before I attempt to light it.
More results later.
It's great to have an excuse to do a little experimentation like this that could have benefits to the collecting community at large.
And, besides, it's great to have a brief return to my childhood!