We absolutely love everything about Uranium Ore. It's what bred the iconic Atomic age, it's highly collectible, and best of all: it's completely legal to own. Even though we've been handling Uranium for decades, we know that you don't need to be a nuclear physicist to appreciate the immense power contained within these naturally formed radioactive rocks.
With over 25 years of experience, United Nuclear is the most trusted name in Uranium Ore. We provide to everyone from the US military, government agencies, professional labs, teachers, amateur scientists, mineral collectors, and anyone inbetween who just needs some quality Uranium ore.
Every piece of Ore is prospected, sorted, and certified by hand. Generic samples typically contain one or more of the following Uranium minerals: Carnotite (bright yellow), Uraninite (black crystal), Pitchblende (jet black), Uranophane (canary yellow), Gummite (maroon to rust brown), and Tyuyamunite (green to yellow).
Generic samples are often unremarkable in terms of looks (great for training purposes). However, they are guaranteed to output the stated radiation amount. For truly special one-of-a-kind pieces check out our Premium Uranium Ore page.
Q: Is it legal to own Uranium Ore?
A: Yes! Uranium Ore is classified as 'Naturally Occuring Radioactive Material' which means that you may legally purchase, transport, and own Uranium Ore without the need for an NRC license. Please refer to the NRC Code of Federal Regulations for more information. Note that international customers must refer to their country's CFR for legality; not every country is as lax as the US.
Q: What constitutes "Processed" Ore?
A: Processed Ore refers to Naturally Occuring Ore that has been crushed, ground down, reduced, chemically purified, or altered in a way that significantly changes the ore from the state in which it was found. Our samples are only sold as they were found 'in the wild'.
Q: I noticed a 500 CPM gap between Range 'A' and Range 'B'. What gives?
A: We use a 500 CPM buffer zone to respect the randomness that is radioactive decay. When you measure Uranium Ore your Geiger Counter will reach a critical point at which it's detecting the maximum amount of radiation. Once you've reached this point you'll notice that your readings will bounce between a localized max & min value, like pushing your car's engine to the limit and watching the tachometer. On a Ludlum Model 3 this bounce is typically within 100-200 CPM, so we allow 500 CPM as a comfortable zone for error (both human and satistical).
Q: What if my sample reads between 3,000 (Range 'A') and 3,500 CPM (Range 'B')?
A: Any sample that reads between two Range values will be rounded down to the lower range. For Example, Range 'B' Ore must reliably produce a minimum reading of 3,500 CPM in order to earn that classification. If your sample reads 3,300 CPM then it will be rounded down to Range 'A'.
Q: Is Uranium Ore Dangerous?
A: Uranium Ore is perfectly safe so long as it is handled carefully and respectfully. Your kitchen knife set is more likely to cause harm than Uranium Ore.
Q: How do I handle Uranium Ore?
A: The trick is to avoid any dust contamination or stray granuels. Wear gloves, goggles, and dust mask. Lay down newspaper over your work area for easy cleanup. Make sure you don't touch your face, phone, or pockets when handling ore as you don't want to accidentally contaminate yourself!
Q: How do I clean up Uranium Ore?
A: Simply use a spray bottle and paper towel to wipe up any dust. If any ore gets on your skin you may easily wash it off with soap & water. We always keep our 'uranium clothes' separate from our 'normal clothes' when doing laundry. Geiger Counters are highly recommended in case you find yourself looking for stray ore samples. It is completely legal to dispose of Uranium Ore in a standard trash receptical.
Q: How do I store Uranium Ore?
A: We recommend that you store your radioactive ore in an ammo can or thick plastic container (think Tupperwear or Rubbermaid). If you intend on displaying your Ore then glass will block all Alpha and some Beta radiation, however its helpful to have a secondary layer for extra protection. Lead is not strictly necessary, but is available should you find yourself with several Ore samples.
Q: Should I keep my Uranium Ore sample in my pocket for good luck?
A: NO! You must keep any radioactive material in a safe container at a distance of 6 ft. (3 m) or more from any area in which you spend a lot of time. Basements, garages, and interior closets work well. Never store ore in your night stand, office desk, coffee table, glovebox, or kitchen counter.