A campfire is magical. How the coals glow and the flames flicker and the sparks pop and shower, its mesmerizing. But, you can make it even more magical with these simple tricks. It will get old if you use these all the time, but an occasional surprise makes a campfire at that special place or time something to be remembered.
You may acquire these chemicals in a grocery or dry goods store, in the laundry or cleaner section.
Find copper sulfate in swimming pool supplies.
Epsom salts, borax, and calcium chloride may be found with laundry/cleaning supplies.
Copper Chloride, Strontium Chloride, and others my be best found at fireworks supply companies. I've purchased from Skylighter.com and been happy with them. Practice before using them at a campfire so you know how much to use and how to best apply for maximum effect.
|Copper Chloride||BLUE flame|
|LIGHT GREEN flame|
(tree root killer for plumbers)
|Strontium Chloride||RED flame|
(water softener salt)
|Calcium Chloride||BLUE flame|
|Lithium Chloride||PINK flame|
|Sugar||sprinkle into fire for tiny sparks|
|Powder Coffee Creamer||throw a handful into the flames above the fire for small sparkly flashes|
|Flour||toss a small amount into flame to make a flash flame|
|Iron filings||toss a small bit into flame to make gold sparks|
|Powdered aluminum||toss a small bit into flame to make silver sparks|
|Magnesium shavings||toss a small bit into flame to make very bright silver sparks|
So, then how do you get the chemicals into the fire? Well, throwing the powder in gives a burst of color, but then quickly dies out. You might want to do this for special effect when telling a story. But, to make the colors last longer, I've created wax patties which are made just like the Wax and Woodchips fire starters on the Firestarters page.
Don't use these patties if you want sparks, just toss the dry chemical on.
You can always use the old way of sliding a length of garden hose inside a piece of copper tubing and tossing that in the fire.