Potassium chlorideEdit

Formula: KClEdit

Synonyms: Potassium mono-chloride, chloride of potassium

Description: Potassium chloride is not directly used in pyrotechnics, but can be used to make other pyrotechnic chemicals such as Potassium perchlorate  and Potassium chlorate . It is used to turn NaClO4 into KClO4 and NaCl (see Preparing perchlorates ). it is also used to increase smoke density in very small amounts; mainly to potassium chlorate based smoke compositions.

Sources: Potassium chloride is sometimes used as a water softener salt, instead of NaCl (check the label). It can be bought at hardware stores and grocery stores.

Hazards: KCl is not particularly toxic or dangerous.