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Topic Review (Newest First)
05-22-2009 05:31 PM
JimHawkins I have a backpacking alcohol stove that says "to eliminate soot, add up to 10% water".
05-22-2009 05:12 PM
jgsteven
Home Depot stove fuel

I have always used Home Depot denatured alcohol in my Origo 3000 stove as well, with no problems.
05-22-2009 09:08 AM
sck5 I get mine from Home Depot. Cheap and no problems so far.
05-22-2009 08:16 AM
pvanv1 Yes, agree with all other posts. I have the same Origo 3000 2-burner unit, and love it.

Use Ethyl Alcohol (or methylated fuel substitute) only. Denaturing alcohol is the process of adding poisonous stuff in small amounts (acetone, whatever) so it's no longer "drinking" alcohol. Over-proofed rum would probably work fine, and likely smell nice as well.

The soot issue is hit or miss. I have had cheap hardware store alcohol that worked just fine, and likewise have had expensive "no soot" boat alcohol that stunk up the cabin, and caused soot on the pots. Just depends on what additive they used to denature the stuff.
05-21-2009 12:08 PM
davewild A word of caution about liquid fuel stoves. I have a methylated spirit stove on my boat. I filled it's tank up being very careful to not spill any(I used a funnel). I put the metho away, screwed the cap back on the tank, lit it up and nearly burnt the boat down. Thinking about my mistake it is now obvious that the vapour is heavier than air and must have gathered in and around the stove not unlike re-fuelling a petrol tank(you guys would call it a gas tank). I put the fire blanket on it but the convection current was strong enough to draw air in from underneath. In the end I had to give it a few bursts with a dry chemical extinguisher to put it out. I say a few as the heat from the ex-fire relit itself a couple of times. Quite a fright for me but very amusing for the people fishing on the jetty I was tied up to. I tell this story in the interest of preventing others from making the same mistake. I have sailed for decades but on dinghies and light weight day sailers. This was my first experience with a full size cruising boat. In the end I took the stove off the boat and experimented with it in the backyard. Far less frightening when you can run away! By the way dry powder is awful to clean up. Use a dust mask and vaccum up as much as you can, but you will be cleaning it up for a long time afterwards. I would be happy to answer any questions about this as I would like to prevent others from doing the same thing.
05-21-2009 09:13 AM
patrickrea Methyl Hydrate can also be used. Here in Canada, finding denatured alcohol is almost impossible but MH is available everywhere from Rona or Home Depot to Shoppers Drug Store. CDN$3 for a quart or so. The containers are even labelled as be used in "Marine non-pressurized boat stove".

Using marine and boat in the same sentence is a little redundant redundant but that's what it says.
05-21-2009 01:31 AM
mitiempo And if you're cruising the Caribbean overproof rum is a damn site cheaper than stove alcohol if you can even find it!
05-20-2009 11:08 PM
jjablonowski I like 151 rum.
05-20-2009 10:50 PM
nereussailor I buy mine at Home Depot. Never used the boat stove alcohol never will. no soot
05-20-2009 09:53 PM
CalebD I would think you could use some very pure moonshine or other 'legal' ethyl alcohol in a pinch - the higher proof the better. De-natured would be much cheaper though and the Kentucky 'corn whiskey' could be used for 'medicinal' purposes.
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