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    denatured alcohol for stoves...

    where do you all buy denatured alcohol for the stoves from?
    i tried most diy stores (B&Q, wicks etc) and they dont stock it?

    am keen to try the ultralight alcohol stoves as a pose to the gas canister one i have now.

    whilst i'm at it - whats best for making charr cloth? have used denim in past just wondered if they all the same....

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    Re: denatured alcohol for stoves...

    B&Q etc have will have meths. If you mean Industrial Denatured Alcohol, you need a HM Customs & Excise license to buy it and by the sounds of a recent thread on BCUK they're no longer giving them out for stove use. if you have a license, try a French Polishers or industrial paint suppliers or http://www.rydenor.co.uk/

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    http://www.bushcraftuk.com/community...ight=denatured
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    Re: denatured alcohol for stoves...

    I got a shed load of French meths last time I was over there (alcool brulee).
    It's not purple, doesn't stain things, doesn't stink & it's dirt cheap.
    Of course, you can't get it here

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    Re: denatured alcohol for stoves...

    Quote Originally Posted by scanker View Post
    B&Q etc have will have meths. If you mean Industrial Denatured Alcohol, you need a HM Customs & Excise license to buy it and by the sounds of a recent thread on BCUK they're no longer giving them out for stove use. if you have a license, try a French Polishers or industrial paint suppliers or http://www.rydenor.co.uk/

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    http://www.bushcraftuk.com/community...ight=denatured
    I didn't know C&E had stopped granting licences for stove use - glad I got mine last year.

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    Re: denatured alcohol for stoves...

    Quote Originally Posted by aksnc30 View Post

    whilst i'm at it - whats best for making charr cloth? have used denim in past just wondered if they all the same....
    I use roller towel, it works well - roller towels are also longer and cheaper than trouser legs
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    Re: denatured alcohol for stoves...

    Quote Originally Posted by aksnc30 View Post
    whilst i'm at it - whats best for making charr cloth? have used denim in past just wondered if they all the same....
    Yellow dusters work as does any cotton cloth.

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    Re: denatured alcohol for stoves...

    Denatured alkyol?


    tain't natural ain't that...
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    Re: denatured alcohol for stoves...

    Denaturated alchol??
    i Denmark you can buy that everywhere... 93% alchol right?

    when using it in stoves some put a little water in it so it wont soot on the pots...

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    Re: denatured alcohol for stoves...

    i asked a american seller of alcohol stoves,if meths was ok.he said there isnt a lot of difference in performance,between the two fuels;but of course he would say that,now wouldnt he!

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    Re: denatured alcohol for stoves...

    hmm once melted my trangia with some unknow fuel.
    not the pot, but the holes with for air intake... that was a bummer

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    Re: denatured alcohol for stoves...

    A lot of ESSO and SHELL garages sell alcahol fuel.
    Along with peat brickets, coal, firelighters and so on.

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    Re: denatured alcohol for stoves...

    try an industrial catering supplier, somewhere like Wing Yip comes to mind, I know they do alcohol for table top and buffet heaters in restaurants

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    Re: denatured alcohol for stoves...

    hmmm is it worth going denatured alcohol over gas? is it more convenient / lighter / cheaper?? (main criteria i'm looking at)

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    Wink Re: denatured alcohol for stoves...

    Quote Originally Posted by aksnc30 View Post
    hmmm is it worth going denatured alcohol over gas? is it more convenient / lighter / cheaper?? (main criteria i'm looking at)
    Meths(denatured alcohol is for foreigners ) is better than gas as you can see when you run out of meths, meths doesnt freeze, meths doesn't stop working with half a bottle left.
    Gas is better than meths because, it is quicker, doesnt smell(hopefully ).
    I prefer meths, but on occasion for a quick brew I wish I had a gas burner roaring away. Meths can cost 2 for half a litre but shop around, I got a 5 litre for about 10, and you can get better prices.

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    Re: denatured alcohol for stoves...

    Quote Originally Posted by aksnc30 View Post
    hmmm is it worth going denatured alcohol over gas? is it more convenient / lighter / cheaper?? (main criteria i'm looking at)
    Well depends really...

    More convenient: define convenience - trangia type alcohol cookers take longer to do the job and even though the energy density of the fuel is very good, they don't use it that efficiently and take longer to boil etc. They also only have two settings - on and simmer (although some would say that trangias only ever simmer ) Alcohol burning pressure stoves are a different matter however. But on the plus side trangias are bog simple, have nothing to break and work whatever the ambient conditions.

    Lighter: depends - trangia's are light, but the fuel isn't and because they take longer, you need more of it

    Cheaper: Well you can get a simple gas cooker and cartridges very cheap. Trangia's are fairly expensive but will last a lifetime and include a complete set of pans.

    All in all I guess it's a judgement call depending on your intended use. I have gas cookers, pressure stoves and a trangia (along with some trangia type hybrids) - there again I'm something of a cooker geek

    Just my 2p

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