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john braun
(Hitman) - F

Locale: West Florida
Heet or Alcohol on 03/25/2009 21:58:09 MDT Print View

I've been using a super cat with denatured alcohol.

It boils 2 cups of water with about 1 - 1.5 ounces. I'm fairly happy with it.

Would the yellow Heet boil water quicker?

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Heet or Alcohol on 03/25/2009 22:38:55 MDT Print View

I don't think so. I experimented with both, and they are pretty much the same.

Mark Hurd
(markhurd) - M

Locale: South Texas
Re: Heet or Alcohol on 03/25/2009 23:07:14 MDT Print View

John,

HEET (yellow bottle) is methanol. Denatured alcohol is usually ethanol with some methanol or other non-drinkable substances mixed in.

So what is the difference?
methanol has about 4.6 kcal/gm
ethanol has about 6.4 kcal/gm

Ethanol has about a third more energy available per gram than HEET. So your denatured alcohol ( depending on how pure it is ) probably boils water a little quicker than HEET would. However I would guess that it isn't a big difference given all the variables with alcohol stoves.

Stick with your denatured alcohol.

-Mark

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http://zenstoves.net/

john braun
(Hitman) - F

Locale: West Florida
Thanks for saving me the trouble on 03/26/2009 10:32:56 MDT Print View

Thanks for saving me the trouble and hassle of testing it.