[pct-l] isopropyl alcohol as stove fuel???

kris kks202 at excite.com
Fri Feb 15 01:07:58 CST 2008

Alcohol is volatile, though much less so than, say, hexane. It is the alcohol vapors that we burn. Those of us using double-walled or side burning stoves prime the stove to increase the volitility of the fuel. Methanol is much more volatile than ethanol or isopropyl (as they increase in molecular weight, they decrease in volatility).


 --- On Fri 02/15, Patrick Beggan < meta474 at gmail.com > wrote:
From: Patrick Beggan [mailto: meta474 at gmail.com]
To: carlito at gmail.com, pct-l at backcountry.net
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2008 22:19:42 -0800
Subject: Re: [pct-l] isopropyl alcohol as stove fuel???

Alcohol of any kind of not volatile at all. It's very stable, actually, and even the most impure alcohol burns a lot cleaner than any petroleum-based fuel. Isopropyl alcohol will work in a stove but you don't want to use it, it has impurities that will dirty up your stove. Best kind of alcohol is ethanol, as pure as you can get it.On Feb 14, 2008, at 10:05 PM, Carl Siechert wrote:I don't have the technical knowledge, but someone who does is Roy Robinson. He says isopropyl alcohol is sooty, but even at 99%, not too volatile. http://royrobinson.homestead.com/Cat_Stove.html   On Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 9:46 PM, Tortoise <Tortoise73 at charter.net> wrote: Question for someone with some technical knowledge.I have a bottle of 99% isopropyl alcohol for use as a sterilizer. I'm wondering if this can be used as a stove fuel. It's relatively cheap. Or isit too volatile? _______________________________________________Pct-l mailing listPct-l at backcountry.netTo unsubscribe or change list options 
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