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Jordan Calicott
(ShortmanCal) - F

Locale: Arkansas!
Alcohol For Stove on 05/31/2005 14:44:59 MDT Print View

How much does 8 fl oz of alcohol weigh? Also, if I'm using the Brasslite Turbo F Stove for a weekend outing, how much alcohol will I need to just boil water for 2 meals a day for 2 days?

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
amount of alcohol on 05/31/2005 16:47:17 MDT Print View

I usually bring 4 oz. Usually an once is enough to boil water.

paul johnson
(pj) - F

Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
alcohol on 05/31/2005 17:06:27 MDT Print View

wt is related to specific gravity of the liquid which also is related to the temp at which it is measured.

specific gravity is a dimensionless measurement which is defined as the ratio of density of the material to the density of water at a specified temperature.

specific gravity is often expressed as:

SG = ρ / ρH2O


SG = specific gravity

ρ = density of fluid

ρH2O = density of water

it's common to use the density of water at 4 deg C as a reference. this is the temp at which the density of water is at the highest.

therefore, wt varies slightly depending upon type of alchohol & temp conditions.

w/o going into more precise detail, which prob. isn't necessary for your purposes, figure, roughly, alcohol weighs ~80% of what a similar volume of water weighs.

since we're talking of "rough", or approximate, values this applies to both ethyl alcohol & denatured alcohol.