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RE: denatured alcohol?

Alcohol has about half the energy density of gasoline.
Sounds to me as if your Whisperlite could use a little
maintenance.  My XGK gets a carbon build-up on the
cable in the fuel tube.  Cleaning it out every now and
again restores the "cruise missle" effect :-)

I've seen a few alcohol stoves in use...it always seemed
to me that they didn't produce enough heat to be useful
for anything except simmering.  The Quebequois can
work magic with 'em, though.



> The reasons for carrying the alcohol stove would
> be that it is much lighter and compact than the
> Whisperlite (it weighs 8.5 ozs.) and it actually seems
> to boil water faster than the MSR.