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In Caruana's The History of English Sea Ordnance, cylinder power's ballistic properties are compared with earlier types but unlike the earlier types, he never describes how cylinder powder was made.  There is no mention of it in Tucker's Arming the Fleet.  Lavery describes cylinder charcoal as being charred in ovens/cylinders and goes on to say, briefly, cylinder powder was made that way.  Did the method of drying make the difference between cylinder and corned powder?    

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Thanks for the leads.  All I've found is mention that cylinder powder contained charcoal that was charred in special ovens/cylinders.  Apparently, the powder was then corned like the preceding type.  This "cylinder charcoal" made all the difference in the power released upon ignition.  Not much to be found on what was a landmark improvement in ballistics.  

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