There’s a dead maple tree in my back yard. There’s a hole in it about the size of a roll of quarters.
I packed the hole with about 1.5 oz of black powder, and stuffed it with some cotton wadding and a 6ft long wick made of string soaked in mineral spirits.
I lit the wick, got about 50 ft away and waited… and waited… waited… it took forever for the wadding to burn through, but when it did,
It was very loud. A jet of flame and smoke shot from the hole about 6 ft across the yard. Blue smoke filled the air.
I didn’t get the “mini-dynamite” explosion I was hoping for, but damn it was cool. I was hoping to at least split the bough. Instead I only got a big black hole. lol