Dr. Otis Lansa wrote:Aye, but it's harder to cook up a batch o' nitrated organics out o' charcoal, ashes, and dung.
The difficult things for traditional black poweder are the conversion of sodium nitrate (from urine and dung) into potassium nitrate and the purification of the sulphur (by distillation and sublimation).
Producing the oleum necessary for the nitration of e.g. glycerol (from fat) is much easier (just time-consuming). If you have the sulphuric acid, the production of nitric acid poses no real problem.
Pirates should know the procedure. It uses the galley oven