DIY Signal Flares You Can Make At Home…Super Cheap, And Easy To Make

These homemade, DIY, signal flares are a cheap, and easy to make survival item.. Put them in your “bug out bag”, or take them with you when you go camping.

All you do is combine parts from an old battery pack with some common household ingredients, mix them together and you’ve got yourself a great smoke flare that you can use if you get lost, or need a signal for any reason.

A question that comes up is do you have to use the battery casings that are shown in the video? Cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls should work fine.

Other options could include: cigarette Pack, deodorant, shotgun casings (any kind should work),  paper cup, just about anything that has an opening similar to any of these items.

You can even cut the top out of a soda can and use that.Please see our the video How To Make Slow Burning Fuses…Keeps You At A Safe Distance that goes perfectly with this project.

Before you attempt to make these smoke flares read the important notes below the video. 


WARNING: This project should not be attempted without adult supervision and adequate training. Misuse, or careless use, of tools or projects may result in serious injury, death, and/or permanent damage to equipment and property. Ignition of an incendiary or explosive material may not be legal in your area. Use of this video content is at your own risk.

This recipe is similar to ones tried in amateur sugar rocketry. I’m using a 60/40 mix of KNO3 and white table sugar by weight, and I’m going to make a 400 gram batch to fill 10-15 containers that I’ll use for smoke/signal flares. My testing indicates that the finer the composition is mixed, the faster it burns. I want these to burn slower so they don’t take off like rockets, and produce more smoke, so I’m trying not to mix them more than I have to.

I got the containers for the signal flares by hacking open an old cordless drill battery casing, and taking the paper casings from the individual battery cells.

Fuses were homemade, and made in another project.

These types of devices may not be legal to make or use in your area, so check local laws before attempting to duplicate this project, and as always, be safe!



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