I remember seeing this episode when it was first aired. I was 13 and always wanted to get the charcoal, sulfur and saltpeter.

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    Follow-up question - is it possible to build a rudimentary lathe using natural materials like rocks and plants? – James McLeod Mar 17 '16 at 3:24
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    @JamesMcLeod - Get off the line, Guy! – rosesunhill Mar 17 '16 at 4:29
  • I'm glad I didn't find this when I was 13 and watching Star Trek wikihow.com/Make-Gunpowder – sfhq_sf Mar 17 '16 at 16:21

Not quite.

While those are the proper components, his method was flawed -- this has been covered in multiple shows -- including the primary go-to for such things, Mythbusters. Unfortunately, I can't find a full video of the test. For that you'll have to go to the website.

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