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Re: [pct-l] RE: pct-l-digest V1 #1185

I use "denatured alcohol" which is often labeled as "shellac thinner" and
"alcohol stove fuel."  The "alcohol stove fuel" part actually refers to
marine stoves, but what the heck.  I am told that in a pinch you can burn
rubbing alchol but that it burns "sooty" and (at least the 70% stuff)
doesn't burn as hot.  Some brands of  gas line antifreeze are made from
Isopropyl alcohol and reportedly burn hot but sooty.  Denatured alcohol is
basically ethanol (drinking alcohol) with stuff added to make you sick if
you drink it, so 200 proof liquor ("Everclear" is a brand, I think) would
also work well if expensively.

If you go the gas line antifreeze route make sure the stuff you buy DOES NOT
CONTAIN PETROLEUM DISTILATES.  You do NOT want to burn pretroleum based
anything in an open stove.

-- Jim

----- Original Message -----

> > From: Taylor, Gene
> > Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2000 3:27 PM
> > To: 'pct-l@edina.hack.net'
> > Subject: RE: pct-l-digest V1 #1185
> >
> >  With all this talk about tuna can and cat food can alcohol stoves,  I
have a simple question.  What kind of alcohol do you recommend for these
stoves?  I'm planning on hiking the PCT through the High Sierras this summer
and am interested using a lightweight cat food stove but am not sure what
kind of alcohol to use?  Rubbing alcohol?
> >
> >  My other option is to use an ESBIT solid fuel stove or an MSR
Whisperlite stove with white gas.  I'd like to go with the lightest stove
and fuel combination.
> >
> >  Any comments on which stove you prefer using on a multi-week PCT hike
is appreciated.
> >
> >  Thanks,
> >
> >  Gene.Taylor@pss.Boeing.com

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