Chemical Fire Bottle Orig. by the Jolly Roger
This incendiary bottle is self-igniting on target impact.
How Used Common Source
Sulphuric Acid Storage Batteries Motor Vehicles
Material Processing Industrial Plants
Gasoline Motor Fuel Gas Station or
Potassium Chlorate Medicine Drug Stores
Sugar Sweetening Foods Food Store
Glass bottle with stopper (roughly 1 quart size)
Small Bottle or jar with lid.
Rag or absorbant paper (paper towels, newspaper)
String or rubber bands
1) Sulphuric Acid MUST be concentrated. If battery acid or other
dilute acid is used, concentrate it by boiling until dense white
fumes are given off. Container used to boil should be of
enamel-ware or oven glass.
CAUTION: Sulphuric Acid will burn skin and destroy clothing. If
any is spilled, wash it away with a large quantity of water. Fumes
are also VERY dangerous and should not be inhaled.
2) Remove the acid from heat and allow to cool to room
3) Pour gasoline into the large (1 quart) bottle until it is
approximately 1/3 full.
4) Add concentrated sulphuric acid to gasoline slowly until the
bottle is filled to within 1" to 2" from top. Place the stopper on
5) Wash the outside of the bottle thoroughly with clear water.
CAUTION: If this is not done, the fire bottle may be dangerous to
handle during use!
6) Wrap a clean cloth or several sheets of absorbant paper around
the outside of the bottle. Tie with string or fasten with rubber
7) Dissolve 1/2 cup (100 grams) of potassium chlorate and 1/2 cup
(100 grams) of sugar in one cup (250 cc) of boiling water.
8) Allow the solution to cool, pour into the small bottle and cap
tightly. The cooled solution should be approx. 2/3 crystals and
1/3 liquid. If there is more than this, pour off excess before
CAUTION: Store this bottle seperately from the other bottle!
How To Use:
1) Shake the small bottle to mix contents and pour onto the cloth
or paper around the large bottle. Bottle can be used wet or after
solution is dried. However, when dry, the sugar-Potassium chlorate
mixture is very sensitive to spark or flame and should be handled
2) Throw or launch the bottle. When the bottle breaks against a
hard surface (target) the fuel will ignite.