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Guide to Ghetto Chemistry

  George Melons, the Assistant says:
"Hey, kid. Wanna buy some Space Drugs? You askin' how I made it? Well, I threw a bunch of random trash an'a dead mouse in a blender and heated it up with a lighter, of course! Easy as that."

Starting out

So, you are an average Greytide and you want to be a Walter White. How do you do it? First off, you're gonna wanna get these things to get started with ghetto chem.

  • File:Beaker.png A few beakers, soda cans, bottles, etc
  • File:Table.png A couple of tables to store your beakers, so you don't spill your shit on the floor

Most importantly, without this you dont have ghetto chem:


Remember that you can use matches, lighters, and igniters to heat containers as well.

Upgrading your tools

Once you have a decent set of beakers and the like, it can be worth upgrading the tools you'll be using to manage your reactions. There are a number of tools that'll help you that can be created in the crafting menu and otherwise.

Universal indicator / pH booklets

Reacting Universal indicator will allow you to create pH booklets - the main way to detect your pH during a reaction. Simply rip out a page and use it on a beaker or improvised chem heater to get the pH of the solution at that point in time. You can also grind these pages to get 1u back - grinding all 50 pages will give you enough to make another booklet.


This can be added to anything that holds chemicals, and will tell you the temperature. To remove, close the UI.

Cooling spray

This can be crafted to spray on your beakers to cool down the reagents within, alternatively fire extinquishers can be used instead. In a pinch, this can double as a weak extinguisher too.


These tabletop burners will allow you to heat up your beakers simply by waving your container over it. It'll burn the reagent inside, and the temperature increase will depend on the burning temperature of the reagent contained within. For a quick reference

  • Ethanol - burns very hot and for a long time
  • Welding fuel - burns hot and fast
  • Oil - doesn't burn as hot as the others, but lasts a long time
  • Plasma - Hottest burning temperature and will be used up the quickest
  • Pyrosium - Hottest burning temperature and burns through slowly, but requires oxygen to be in the burner as well
  • Cyrostylane - Burns at 0K, very cold, can be used to cool beakers instead, requires oxygen to be in the burner as well
  • Cryoxadone - Burns cold, can be used to cool beakers instead

If you put a mix in the burner, the flame temperature will by the weighted sum of the reagents within. To add reagents to the burner, simply snuff out the flame and pour stuff in, to light it, use a lighter or a match!

Improvised chem heater

For the ghetto enthusiast, a space heater can be refactored into an impromptu chem heater- allowing you much finer control over the temperature specifics of your reactions. If you're planning on making anything difficult, or want to have bettet control over your temperatures, this is the best way to do it.

Images to come soon


Not only can you steal things, but you can also shove them into a grinder to retrieve chemicals from them!

If you're stealing from Botany, check out the Guide to hydroponics.

Chemical Sources Notes
Ammonia Urinal cakes (1u)
Ash Burning a paper and scooping up the ash with a beaker (30u)
Aluminium Crushed soda cans (crush on your head first) (10u), deconstruct smart metal foam grenades (75u)
Blood Dead mouse (20u), or use a syringe to extract from a monkey or human
Carbon coal (20u), cigarette butts (2u), heating Cellulose Fibers
Cellulose Fibers Wooden planks (20u), cloth (20u), raw cotton (20u), cardboard (10u), paper frame (20u), bamboo shavings (10u), corn cob (10u), package wrapper (5u), paper (3u), medical gauze (2u)
Chlorine Urinal cakes (3u)
Copper Cable coils (2u per wire)
Cryoxadone Steal one of the spare cryoxadone beakers from medical. On Metastation, maintenance bar also has one.
Ethanol Spraycans (15u)
Fluorosulfuric acid Deconstruct smart metal foam grenades (25u)
Fluorosurfacant Deconstruct cleaner grenades (40u)
Gold Gold coin (4u), robust Gold cigarettes (premium cigarette vendor item) (3u)
Hydrogen Glowsticks (10u) 1u Liquid Electricity can be used with 5u Water to obtain 3u Hydrogen through Electrolysis.
Iodine Toner cartridge (40u), photographs (4u), pens (1u) Toner cartridges can be found in airlock painters.
Iron Metal (20u), plasteel (20u), lollipops (10u), electronics (10u), reinforced glass (10u), reinforced plasma glass (10u), toner cartridge (10u), pens (2u), power cells (5u), lighters (1u)
Silver sulfadiazine
Ointment (10u)
Styptic powder
Bruise pack (10u)
Lithium Any power cell, including potato batteries (15u)
Liquid Gibs Dead mouse(5u), use a beaker on gibs on the floor (5u)
Lye Soap (10u)
Mercury Analyzer (5u)
Monkey Powder Monkey cube (30u)
Nicotine Cigarettes (around 15u), cigars (up to 40u)
Nitrogen Lightbulbs (10u) and canned air (24u)
Nutriment Food
Oil Lighters (5u), using a beaker on oil spills (30u)
Omnizine Heated donk pockets (3u)
Oxandrolone Gumballs (2u)
Oxygen Canned air (6u) and glowsticks (5u) 1u Liquid Electricity can be used with 5u Water to obtain 1.5u Oxygen through Electrolysis.
Phenol Glowstick (15u)
Phosphorus Matches (2u), deconstruct a teargas grenade (40u)
Plasma Solid plasma (20u), plasteel (20u), plasma glass (10u), reinforced plasma glass (10u), Nanotrasen brand soap (10u)
Polypyrylium Oligomers Medicated suture (2u)
Potassium Deconstruct a tear gas grenade (40u), Bananas (varies with potency and traits)
Radium Scoop up from glowing goo in RND (5u)
Salicyclic Acid Gumballs (2u)
Silicon Glass (20u), reinforced glass (20u), reinforced plasma glass (20u), circuit boards (20u), electronics (10u), light bulbs (5u), power cell (5u), analyzer (5u)
Silver Silver coin (4u)
Sodium Chloride Salt shakers (20u), cup ramen (3u), beef jerky (2u), chips (1u) A reagent analyzer says a salt shaker contains table salt, but this is the same as sodium chloride.
Smart foaming agent Deconstruct a smart metal foam grenade (25u)
Space cleaner Deconstruct cleaner grenades (10u)
Spaceacillin Sutures File:Suture.png (2u), regenerative mesh File:Regenerative mesh.png (2u)
Strange Reagent Grind a gorilla cube (5u)
Sugar Dutch hot coco (5u), gumballs (5u), space twinkie (4u), 4no raisins (4u), candy (3u), cheesie honkers (3u), chips (3u), beef jerky (3u), donuts (2u), deconstruct a tear gas grenade (40u)
Sulfur Flare (15u)
Uranium Scoop up from glowing goo in RND (5u)
Water Sinks, or Water tanks
Welding Fuel Lighters (5u), or Welding fuel tanks