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Ross Williams
(xavi1337) - F

Locale: Korea
Alternative Fuels on 01/28/2010 06:37:43 MST Print View

I was recently hiking in China and couldn't find (or more likely couldn't translate) denatured alcohol, methanol. The only thing they offered me was canister fuel and lighter fluid (Naphtha C6-C10). I decided to forgo the danger of an unknown fuel in my cat can stove, but am wondering if I could have used this if I needed to?
I have a simple small cat stove that Skurka shows how to make. Just how versatile is it with fuel when the good stuff can't be found?

Also, as a warning, trails within an hour or so of a city in China may look like this:chinese trail
They had also closed off the ridge trail for 20 miles to make "improvements".

Andrew Wilson
(andreww) - MLife

Locale: Vosges
No to Naphtha on 01/28/2010 13:30:22 MST Print View

Naphtha is a mixture of highly volatile gases. I once burned an ounce or so of it off in my alcohol stove (to salvage the container, not for thrills, I swear) and it melted a piece of it, in addition to threw a sooty yellow flame 18" high. It burns like gas, not alcohol. So, say no to Naphtha.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Alternative Fuels on 01/28/2010 15:42:24 MST Print View

> (Naphtha C6-C10)

Not very different from white gas, actually.

Cheers