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Source of alcohol stove fuel

Do you know of a source of reasonably priced, good fuel for a pressurized alcohol stove? I've had very good luck with Origo fuel from West Marine, but the cost has skyrocketed recently ($21/gal). I'm located in Connecticut. Thanks for considering this question.
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You want denatured alcohol for the cleanest burn. Since you're in CT, have you checked out Defender? They have it for only 11.99/gal. LINK
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The cost of clean, denatured alcohol was the impetus for our conversion to propane after using alcohol for 10 yrs. We got used to the "slow" but after a while found we were spending more on stove fuel than we did for diesel.
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You can also buy it at any Home Improvement store, as denatured alchohol.
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Thanks for the reply! I'm blessed to live down the street from Defender. I have investigated their product #401889, a "Shellac Thinner" labeled prominently as "Fuel for unpressurized alcohol stoves"; it did not seem to be the right stuff for a pressurized burner. I was not aware of the product in your link, #400402 - this looks promising! Thanks very much for the tip.
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I'd recommend Wal-mart, Home Depot or Lowe... Ace Hardware and True Value Hardware stores are good too.
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I generally use denatured alcohol from Lowe's or Home Depot. Works fine so far.
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As suggested above by TrueBlue, I bought a few gallons of alcohol item #400402 from Defender and have used it throughout a busy cruising season without any problems. Good stuff, available, and reasonably priced. And I have to sing, as one lonely voice, the praises of the pressurized alcohol stove. I completely rebuilt my Kenyon stove six years ago (including new burners) and have had absolutely no trouble. On longish trips I carry an unpressurized, single-burner Origo stove as a backup, but I've never had to use it. I find the alcohol consumption of the Kenyon stove to be remarkably low, although it is true that my culinary exploits are largely confined to heating a can of Dinty Moore beef stew. This is a worry-free arrangement, with very little not to like so long as good alcohol remains available at a decent price. Thanks to all for the input.
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One of the mods here was telling me those stoves have issues.

The boat I'm picking up tomorrow has one. Has two burners.

I've used those types of stoves over many long years with gasoline in them (white gas - unleaded, I reckon is what that means)... and have never once had a problem with them. I am, or was anyway, an avid camper and have had about 3 different stoves and currently use a mini-backpacking stove that weighs in at about 10 ounces or something like that, which uses a pump up tank.

But, it's a tiny little thing.

Anyway - I'm wondering if there is more input on that sort of stove and what the problems in the past have been, if anyone knows or has links to the resources to show such things.

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Note...in case Rick was not clear enough...the issue is PRESSURIZED alchohol stoves vs. unpressurized.
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