[pct-l] Alcohol

Scott Bryce sbryce at scottbryce.com
Thu Apr 16 10:17:37 CDT 2009

Diane at Santa Barbara Hikes dot com wrote:
> On Apr 15, 2009, at 10:27 PM, Robert E. Ries wrote:
>> Does anybody know if E-85 ($2.35/gal) motor fuel will work in a 
>> soda can stove?  It seems to me it would be a good replacement for
>>  denatured alcohol ($16.00/gal or $5.00/qt).  I'm thinking maybe an
>>  experiment could be conducted.  Bob Riess at the Trailhead.
> Be sure to film your experiment. (That doesn't imply I know anything
>  about what you're talking about, just that maybe it might make for
>  exciting footage.)

The results will probably depend on the type of stove. I would expect a
pressurized stove to blow up. I tried burning white gas in a cat stove.
The result was an orange flame about 5 feet high and a lot of black smoke.

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