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Hikin_Jim

Is Ethanol Worth It? (for alcohol stoves)

Sure, you can run your alcohol stove on methanol; that's what comes in a bottle of HEET.  I mean it's cheap and available and all -- but it doesn't  have as much heat content as ethanol.  In other words, you have to carry more methanol just to do the same amount of cooking.


OK, so I can get more heat from ethanol than methanol, great, but alcohols with high ethanol content tend to be more expensive.   Just how much weight can I save?  In other words, Is Ethanol Worth It?

Join me on today's Adventure in Stoving as we "do the numbers" on ethanol.

HJ
yobtaf

Thanks for another great post on this subject. I use the yellow heet because you can get a 4 pack at walmart so cheap. Now I know that it might not burn as hot, but the cost difference makes that ok for me. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
Hikin_Jim

yobtaf wrote:
Thanks for another great post on this subject. I use the yellow heet because you can get a 4 pack at walmart so cheap. Now I know that it might not burn as hot, but the cost difference makes that ok for me. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
Yeah, it's pretty tough to beat the four-pack deal at Wal-Mart.  That was my last fuel purchase too.  Smile

SLX denatured from Home Depot is about the same price if you buy by the gallon.  A few cents more.  Slightly more heat content.  

When I costed things out by the gallon, both HEET and SLX came to around $16/gallon with HEET being slightly cheaper.  HEET does come in those long necked bottles which some people use out on the trail.  I prefer a flip-top squeeze type bottle.

HJ

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