Strontium Chloride, 500g For Sale
The crystallized needles of Strontium Chloride are white. It is odourless and has an acrid, sharp flavour. Water and alcohol soluble. It serves as a source of strontium compounds and is utilized in pyrotechnics and electron tubes. It imparts a fiery red hue.
Developing the Colour Red
Prior to igniting, pine cones, wood chips, and newspaper rolls can be soaked in a Strontium Chloride solution to create a vibrant red fireplace display.
Start by soaking desiccated pine cones, wood chips, or even rolled-up newspapers in a solution of Strontium Chloride that has been specially prepared.
What to do?
In a plastic container, combine one pound (500g) of Strontium Chloride with one gallon of water to treat your desiccated material. Ideal is a five-gallon empty bucket. Some compounds may react with metal containers, causing them to become corroded. When managing chemicals, wear rubber gloves and protective eyewear. Work outdoors or in an area deemed suitable. Certain substances may discolour your work surface.
A day of immersion will allow the Strontium Chloride to penetrate the wood. After that, lift and drain over the bucket and distribute on newspaper to dry. The newspaper can also be burnt by rolling and tightly wrapping it to create “logs.”
In a well-ventilated fireplace, burn the treated material. Wait until your fire has been reduced to a few coals and a low flame, and then add the treated material for the finest colour display.
Making Strontium Chloride-containing wax cakes is an alternative method for achieving a red fireplace colour. Initiate paraffin dissolving in a double boiler. Do not dissolve over an open flame or it may ignite. Stir in 1-2 tablespoons of the dried chemical. Pour the wax into small paper cake cups while it is still liquid and allow to settle.