How to Make Napalm

March 21, 2024
David Sunnyside

Napalm, whether as a name for an incendiary mixture or as a symbol of war's brutality, has long been an object of fascination and intrigue. Its complex makeup, which includes aluminum salts and polystyrene, makes it both highly flammable and incredibly destructive. Its toxicity, which results from the presence of benzene and other volatile chemicals, also contributes to its adverse effects when used in warfare.

While the production of napalm by professional chemical warfare laboratories is complicated, it can be relatively simple for anyone with access to certain items. For example, a recipe for homemade napalm can be found on the Internet and requires only gasoline and Styrofoam, which is often available in bulk at home improvement stores.

To create napalm, simply add the ingredients to a petri dish and combine them. The styrofoam will begin to dissolve and mix with the gasoline, creating a white, jelly-like substance. It can then be poured out, leaving the napalm behind. Napalm can be poured directly onto a target or added to a bomb for an air-dropped incendiary device. It can also be used in flame throwers to burn prepared positions and to destroy bunkers, cave hideouts and other structures.

When ignited, napalm will cause severe burning, blisters and tearing to exposed skin. It also produces toxic fumes and smoke. It is important to remember that it must be used in a well-ventilated area, and should never be ingested. Napalm is an effective weapon of destruction and should only be used under the proper supervision of a trained professional.

David Sunnyside
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