Ultimate Colored Smoke Bomb
The classic smoke bomb is a great project for the home or lab, producing lots of safe smoke, with purple flames. If you get dye and consider the shape of your creation, you can make a smoke bomb that billows clouds of brightly-colored smoke. Adult supervision is required.
Colored Smoke Bomb Materials
- 60 g (3 tablespoons) potassium nitrate (sold as saltpeter in garden supply shops)
- 40 g (2 tablespoons) sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 60 g (3 tablespoons) powdered organic dye (such as synthetic indigo or an aniline-based dye, found in some craft & hobby shops; not common water-based dye)
- Cardboard tube (best is an iced push-pop tube (eat the treat first), or you could use a toilet paper roll or section of paper towel tube, or even a rolled/taped paper tube)
- Duct tape
- Pen or pencil
- Firework fuse (hardware, rocketry, construction, or hobby shops, or scavenge it from a firework)
- Cotton balls
Make the Colored Smoke Bomb Mixture
- Mix 60 g potassium nitrate with 40 g sugar in a saucepan over low heat. It's a 3:2 ratio, so if you don't have grams, use three large spoonfuls of potassium nitrate and two large spoonfuls of sugar (3 tablespoons and 2 tablespoons, if you feel the need to be precise).
- The sugar will carmelize and brown. Stir the mixture continuously until it resembles smooth peanut butter.
- Remove the mixture from heat.
- Stir in a spoonful of baking soda (a rounded teaspoon is fine). The baking soda is added to slow down the combustion when the smoke bomb is ignited.
- Add three large spoonfuls (3 tablespoons) of powdered organic dye. Blue dye and orange dye are said to produce better results than the other colors. Stir to mix well.
- Construct the smoke bomb while the mixture is still hot and pliable.
Assemble the Smoke Bomb
- Fill a cardboard tube with the warm smoke bomb mixture.
- Push a pen or pencil down into the center of the mix (doesn't have to be all the way to the bottom but should be enough that the pen stands in the mixture). You could use a different shape, but the cylinder works really well.
- Let the mixture harden (about an hour).
- Remove the pen.
- Insert a firework fuse. Push pieces of cotton balls into the hole to tamp the fuse securely inside the smoke bomb. Be sure there is fuse left outside of the tube so that you will be able to light your smoke bomb.
- Wrap the smoke bomb with duct tape. Cover the top and bottom of the tube, too, but leave the hole area with the cotton and fuse uncovered.
- Go outside and light your smoke bomb!
Tips for Success
- The key to producing vibrant colored smoke is using an appropriate dye. The color is produced by vaporizing a dye from the heat of the smoke bomb, not from burning a pigment, which always produces normal smoke.
- Getting a good display also depends on the geometry of the smoke bomb. When the dye is vaporized, the pressure from combustion forces it out to produce the smoke. There needs to be enough pressure inside the smoke bomb to push the smoke out, but not too much pressure or else it will burst. This is why cardboard and tape are used. You can control the opening for the smoke. The materials are strong enough to contain a certain level of force but will rupture rather than explode if the pressure is too great.
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What is a cool / cold burn smoke grenades
This cool burn study is only applicable to the Smoke Grenades we sell.
Approx Duration: 90 sec both small and large
This product is safe in the hands of responsible users. But some carry more risks than others. One of the most frequent questions we are asked is 'What is the fire risk or are they cool burn?'
A Managed Risk
The usage of smoke grenades in dry areas is a managed risk; if your woodland or area is bone dry and predominantly bracken floors then you need to manage the risk more vigilantly. Having fire fighting equipment available at all times.
The term “cool burn” or “cold burning” usually refers to the fact that there is no external flame produced and that the temperature of the cartridge is lower than the military and marine distress smokes (which get very hot), thus reducing the risk of fire. However there is a possibility of fire with ANY smoke grenade and no smoke grenade should be used on or near easily flammable materials without an understanding the hazards and a thought out system to manage the risks.
ALL smoke grenades that produce smoke from a wire/ring pull, friction fuse or similar ignition, produce smoke from a formula that burns without the need for atmospheric oxygen. Once ignited is very difficult to stop, until all composition within is burnt. Due to this, the grenade casing does get warm and the smoke within 6” of the grenade is hot and could potentially burn.
Our smokes produce some sparks on ignition but no flame and so after the initial start-up of the grenade, our Smoke bombs are considered “cool burn” or “cold burning” given the above definition. During the production of smoke, our products do produce heat but we have tried to keep this to a minimum and so our devices although they do get warm, can be held in the hand during the functioning of the device, however the heat does increase post functioning as there is a lag in the heat transfer through the device due to the insulating effect of the cardboard. We strongly recommend that anyone using this product wears gloves.
Hazard Information and Risk Identification
All Pyrotechnic smokes produce heat and thus may cause fires.
M18 smoke grenade
The M18 Colored Smoke Grenade is a US Army grenade used as a ground-to-ground or ground-to-air signaling device, a target or landing zone marking device, or a screening device for unit maneuvering.
The M18 was developed in 1942 during World War II and was completed in November of that year. It was designed to replace the M16 smoke grenade, which did not burn as long or as vividly. It was designated standard issue in the fall of 1943. Both were produced at the same time as the M16 production lines were already setup when the M18 was adopted. The M16 was available in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, and black. The M18 initially were going to be produced in the same colors, including white, but it was decided to limit it to four colors (red, yellow, green and violet) for simplicity. The M16 was declared limited standard in 1944 but was still available when it was declared obsolete in the early 1990s.
The violet-colored smoke grenade was used in-theater because of its vivid color; previously it was only used in the United States for training. Its smoke was more toxic than the other color mixtures and was removed from the inventory after the end of the Cold War in the 1990s.
The green-colored smoke grenade was still used in Southeast Asia because the jungle undergrowth was a different color and would still contrast with it. It was discovered that the green smoke drove away swarming bees.
When a ground element popped smoke to identify its location to aircraft, the aircraft was not told the color, but told to identify the color they saw. This prevented the VC/NVA if monitoring the frequency from popping smoke of the same color to confuse the aircraft. For additional security the colors were sometimes identified as cherry (red), lime (green), lemon or banana (yellow), or grape (violet).
|Model 18 Colored Smoke Grenade|
|Color/Markings:||Olive drab body with a pale green band and markings, the top painted red, yellow, green, or violet to indicate the smoke color and the color's name marked on the side.|
In World War II the M18 had a light gray body with a yellow band and markings and the top was in the smoke color.
|Body:||Sheet steel cylinder with four emission holes at the top and one at the bottom to allow smoke release when the grenade is ignited.|
|Fuze Assembly:||M201A1 Pull-ring Igniter. A "mouse trap" type igniting fuze with a 1.2 to 2.0 second delay. Ignition ignites the filler and expels it from the grenade body.|
|Filler :||11.5 ounces (326 grams)  of a colored smoke mixture. Available in red, green, yellow, or violet.|
|Weight:||19 ounces (539 grams) |
|Range:||Can be thrown 35 meters (115 ft) by an average soldier.|
|Duration:||The grenade produces a cloud of colored smoke for 50 to 90 seconds (0.85-1.5 minutes).|
With both the white AN-M8 and colored M18 there is a danger of starting a fire if it is used in a dry area. Expended smoke grenade canisters remain hot for some time after burning out and should not be picked up bare-handed.
The smoke is harmful if it is inhaled for prolonged periods; new smoke mixtures are under development that are less toxic. In enclosed spaces the smoke displaces oxygen and can cause respiratory or oxygen deprivation.
- ^ abOwen, J. I. H. (Editor), Brassey's Infantry Weapons of the World (1950-1975), Bonanza Books (1975).
Purple ring pull smoke grenade.
This is latest generation wire-pull cold-burning smoke grenade by Enola Gaye. It is one of the most advanced smoke grenades ever made that is developed around a military grade ignition system, this new WIRE PULL smoke grenade is simple yet effective and produces a high volume of smoke for approximately 90 seconds. Since this smoke grenade is "cold-burning", you can safely hold this grenade with your hand while it is ignited.
Ideal for photography and film use.
This Smoke Grenade is ideal for paintball and airsoft game scenarios where cover is sparse & the opposition may have the upper hand. Deploy this smoke grenade and you can flip the tables creating cover and obscuring the opposition’s visibility. Once you have removed the protective cap, pull the ring sharply to the side of the unit and let the grenade go to work. Available in our full range of 7 colours with new colours in development, Enola Gaye offer you the ultimate tools to launch your tactical assault.
The purple ring pull Smoke Grenade is designed to be a P1 product; translated this means that you do not need to have experience in the use of pyrotechnics, you can simply read the instructions and get started.
•Compact Cold-Burning Smoke Grenade
•Advance Military Grade Wire-Pull Ring Ignition System
•Cold-Burning means this grenade does not get hot and is safe to touch with your hands while burning
•Emits 20,000 cuft of Dense PURPLE Smoke for ~80 seconds
•Excellent for video effects, photography, Paintball, Airsoft or for Special Effects
•Dimensions: 130mm X 40mm
•We will not accept any liability or be held responsibile for any damages or injuries.
•Handle with extra care, do not subject this item to grinding, shock or direction.
•Do not throw this smoke grenade at people or animals
Wholesale smoke grenades and flares
We are the main distributer for enola gaye smoke grenades in the North West and supply many local enterprises smoke grenades and flares at wholesale prices.
We sell smoke grenades and flares at wholesale prices for larger ammounts. If you are looking for wholesale prices for smoke grenades and flares please give us a call to discuss your requirements.
If you have a large wedding and you are looking for more than 10 pcs we will be able to do you a much better price. The more smoke flares and grenades that you buy - The better the price that we can do for you.
If you see any of our smoke products on other websites with a cheaper price give us a call and we will see what we can do for you - We will always try to provide the very best possible price for smoke grenades and flares.
Technical Specifications for smoke flares
• Pyrotechnic Article
• For persons of 18 years and over ONLY.
• Safety Distance = 0.5 m
• Wear eye and hand protection
• Keep away from sources of heat, sparks and open flames
• Do Not use near easily flammable material e.g. fuel, tinder dry foliage.
• DO NOT throw at animals.
• The manufacturer will not accept liability whatsoever where these pyrotechnics are misused or where the product has been tampered with and/or customised.
• Handle with Care, Do Not subject to grinding, shock or friction.
• Device gets HOT do not pick up within 5 minutes after the device has stopped functioning.
• Do Not Use in Public or Sports Places without the proper authorisation
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1pc Purple Smoke Bomb
Shopping for purple smoke bombs online? Our Purple Smoke Bomb produces a magical purple color of dense smoke that you’ll love!
- Purple Smoke Bomb that emits a fun purple smoke
- Can last up to 40 seconds after lit
- Perfect for birthday parties, graduation parties, and more
- All smoke products should be placed on a flat surface before being lit
WholesaleSparklers.com is proud to offer our online customers a wonderful and diverse selection of smoke bombs. Our Purple Smoke Bomb is a favorite among our customers because it emits such an epic, purple smoke. Use these smoke bombs at any party or event including birthday parties, anniversary parties, and graduation parties. When you order 30 of these smoke bombs, you will receive the display for free.
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20 Colorful Reasons You Need Smoke Bombs in Your Wedding Portraits
Choose Peach for a Fall Wedding
Having a fall wedding doesn't mean everything has to be pumpkin orange and black. If you're not into the season's typical colors, opt for a smoke bomb in a softer variant like peach. It plays off the gold and sienna of the falling leaves but doesn't come off as Halloween-themed. We're loving the way this peach cloud looks during an autumn stroll through the park.
Choose a Bright Color
A neon smoke bomb brings a zesty punch to a modern desert dune elopement, highlighting the colorful florals in the bride's bouquet. Play with coordinating colors in attire, like the groom's pants here, or stick with all neutrals and let the bright smoke bomb pop even more.
Add Romance with Red
Steamy post-ceremony kiss aside, this photo oozes with passion—after all, red is the color of romance, right? The matching ruby garments and strawberry smoke bring out the vibrant greens of the woods, showcasing the true magic of well-executed complementary colors. The end result is a moody, powerfully intimate shot with just a hint of mystery.
Mix White and Pink
The combined force of a brightly colored smoke bomb with natural white makes for some dramatically stunning photo opportunities. The photographer can capture some stunning images that show off the bright hue while the clouds are still separate, but when they start trailing together, the white blends to create a whole new color of soft pastels. Plus, we love the way white smoke settles to look like an actual cloud, especially if you're up in the mountains like this couple.
Use Orange for Sunny Portraits
Shooting portraits midday can be a challenge, especially in direct, bright lighting. Use a sunny color like orange to diffuse the harshness into a soft, warm haze—bonus points for looking at your spouse like this bride is heart-eye gazing at her new husband.
Create a Hazy City Skyline Background
We're loving the way these downtown smoke bomb wedding portraits put a green and gray cast over the city skyline. The hazy backdrop gives a surreal movie poster feel, and this bride and groom look like they are walking right into their happily ever after.
Turquoise and pink leave a colorful cloud of pastel decadence. The sidewalk scene reminds us of elevated pavement chalk art in the best way. Don't forget the contrasting smoke bomb colors: a deep navy and hints of bright neon green give the rainbow even more depth.
Place a Smoke Bomb Behind the Altar
One way to level up your ceremony backdrop? A hot pink smoke bomb, of course. For the most romantic wedding photo, have someone time it so the colorful cloud releases just as you're leaning in for that first kiss.
Give Smoke Bombs to Your Wedding Party
There's nothing better than a supportive bridal party—except maybe one that's armed with begonia and lilac smoke bombs. If your wedding party is at all camera shy, consider adding a smoke bomb moment to your wedding timeline. After waving pink smoke all around and watching the couple kiss for the dozenth time, everyone will be feeling loosened up, silly, and a lot more comfortable having their photo taken.
Use Complementary Colors
Orange smoke plays up the warmth of the brick wall while a deep teal adds a popping contrast. Make like these two and use complementary colors like orange and blue, red and green, or yellow and purple.
Who said smoke bombs always have to be bright and colorful? Choose a white or smoky gray to add a bit of natural-looking mist to your portraits. The artificial haze creates a mystical element perfect for an outdoor wedding.
Add a Motorcycle for the Ultimate Coolness
Rev off into the sunset on a slick motorcycle in a haze of violet for the ultimate getaway. We love the way the purple hues bounce off the backgrounding cliffs like a magnificent painting.
Match Your Wedding Attire
A deep emerald suit calls for a romantic green smoke bomb. Match the smoke color to the wedding's main hues to tie everything together. It creates a cohesive—and steamy—photo session.
Double Up on the Smoke
Go big with a double-sided smoke bomb. Not only will your cloud be enormous, but the color will be intensified and extra vibrant. The smoke will also last longer, leaving you more time to capture the perfect shot with your photographer—which is a huge plus as smoke bombs can come and go extremely quickly.
Make It Intimate
This couple took advantage of a secluded cave at the bottom of a canyon, where a soft red cloud of smoke engulfs them for an intimate feel and bohemian vibe. Really any color will do here, but the salmon hue is a perfect choice for the surrounding reds and oranges of the area.
Hold One in Your Favorite Color
We love the idea of handheld smoke bombs as much as we love this stylish bride's modern take on the tea-length dress. Hold yours or your spouse's favorite color, or synchronize with complementary ones.
Varying Shades of the Same Color
An intense and stunning backdrop in varying shades of blue and green makes all the difference, taking this couple by storm. Vary each shade slightly by saturation and brightness to create the ultimate contrasty mood.
Use Dark Colors for All-Black Attire
If wearing black on your wedding day is more your style, let the darker mood carry through to your smoke bomb selection. Deep indigo, purple, navy, or black smoke clouds fit right in with the serene nighttime theme.
Run From a Cloud of Pink
We never grow tired of a smoke bomb blowing across a desert landscape, and these happy grooms prove just why. The bubblegum pink cloud looks like a cotton candy dream set against the blue sky, and the backdrop that results could not be any sweeter.
Intensify With Turquoise
Jewelry designer Love Tatum knows how to nail a good smoke bomb—curling plumes of turquoise provide the only color here, creating a stunning setting for this kiss. We especially appreciate how the bright cloud pops against the black background, creating photographic drama in the best possible way.
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