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Rob Mcrae
(emptyman) - F

Locale: the other, big Ontario
alcohol container? on 04/02/2007 08:56:44 MDT Print View

Hi guys. Just getting my new CatStove ready, and I'm wondering if a small water bottle is safe for use as an alcohol container. I only need to bring about 9 ounces. Of course, I will have to label it really clear. What do other people use as a cheap and easy container for their alcohol when not needing more than 10 ounces average?

Michael Pearce
(mroy79) - F

Locale: Northern Utah
Re: alcohol container? on 04/02/2007 09:27:44 MDT Print View

Check out the nalgene travel container kits. The plastic they're made of doesn't degrade with contact from alcohol and lots of other chemicals.

Chad Mason

Locale: Arizona
Alcohol container on 04/02/2007 13:14:59 MDT Print View

You can use a standard water or soda bottle...of if you get lucky, you can find the holy grail of alcohol bottles...the Platypus Lil' Nipper.

Steve .
(pappekak) - F

Locale: Tralfamadore
Re: alcohol container? on 04/02/2007 14:06:54 MDT Print View

You could wrap your bottle with duct tape to distinguish it from your drinking bottles. Duct tape could come in handy for field repairs.

Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
Re: alcohol container? on 04/02/2007 17:46:53 MDT Print View

Hey Rob,
You can use almost any plastic bottle for denatured alcohol. My favorite one is this one:

You can see I use a "Mr. Yuck" sticker to mark it as fuel.

James Pitts
(jjpitts) - F

Locale: Midwest US
Re: alcohol container? on 04/02/2007 18:24:49 MDT Print View

...Platypus "Lil Nipper" with BPL red nozzle cap.

Douglas Frick
(Otter) - MLife

Locale: Wyoming
Re: alcohol container? on 04/03/2007 17:25:02 MDT Print View

I often use small water bottles, and my most recent bottle has had alcohol stored in it for 1.5 years with no problem.

Alan Moore
(Alan_In_AZ) - F

Locale: Sunny Southwest
My favorite alcohol bottle on 06/29/2010 17:07:31 MDT Print View

It might not be the lightest option - but any total differences are minimal at just 1.4oz container weight.

It can store 8oz fuel and has a great fuelling measurement feature as well as a flip pouring cap. I like the flattened shape for easy handling and easy pack fit, and makes it clear its not water... Just <$5.

I love it - everyone who has seen it loves it too. I have graduated the measuring cup with a permanent marker for approx burn times with my decagon stove.


Edited by Alan_In_AZ on 06/29/2010 17:11:58 MDT.

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: My favorite alcohol bottle on 06/29/2010 19:52:09 MDT Print View

Take a look at the 12 ounce Nalgene flask.

It has a 1 ounce snap off cap for measuring. The main cap is threaded normally. The bottle itself is graduated in ounces. It has enough capacity for at least 12 boils of 16 ounces of water with my Whitebox Solo stove.

The flask minus the shot cap and the insulating sleeve weigh in at 1.87 ounces according to Nalgene.

Party On,


bj bretzke
(lilorphanbilly) - F

Locale: Montana, MT (Stealth Mode)
free is good! RE:alcohol container on 06/29/2010 19:57:29 MDT Print View

I was in the bathroom shaving and I noticed A couple of hair coloring bottles in the trash basket. Funnel tip and super light. I think they hold about 4 oz. each. I carry two, one with the tip fused shut and the other with a rubber cap over the funnel tip. They really hold closer to 4.5 oz. but I leave some room and squeeze the bottle slightly to allow for expansion due to heat. My next favorite is an ordinary bottled water bottle for longer trips. I still carry the little bottle with the funnel tip for ease of filling. I've also had better luck using red vinyl tape to designate the bottle. The adhesive is more alcohol friendly than duct tape which can get real messy if you dribble down the side.

Jason, where does a guy get mister yuck stickers these days? That is the sheeazit! I have nightmares about grabbing the wrong bottle.

Hike hard. Hike often.

Edited by lilorphanbilly on 06/29/2010 20:03:53 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: free is good! RE:alcohol container on 06/29/2010 20:02:03 MDT Print View

Another good bottle to recycle for stove alcohol is for dishwasher rinse wetting agent. It is clear plastic, about 8 ounce capacity, and it has a cap that will screw off or flip up for a squirt.


Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: free is good! RE:alcohol container on 06/29/2010 20:05:49 MDT Print View

yet another option is empty contact solution containers. They come in many sizes, are super easy to pour because of their tiny "nozzle," and are "free" if you wear contacts!

Kevin Kerstens
(kjkerstens) - MLife

Locale: BC Canada
Re: Re: free is good! RE:alcohol container on 06/30/2010 00:23:39 MDT Print View

I second Travis - I stole one of my wifes contact solution bottles and it works great.

Will Webster
Labelling alcohol on 06/30/2010 05:50:20 MDT Print View

Depending on duration, I either use the bottle which came with my Caldera Cone or a small water bottle, and add a single drop of red food coloring to the alcohol. Don't drink the pink juice.

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Labelling alcohol on 06/30/2010 10:42:20 MDT Print View

green soda bottles for me (or contact bottle depending on trip length) The green helps me remember that it isn't the right alcohol for the drinking.


Tohru Ohnuki
(erdferkel) - F

Locale: S. California
4oz and 8oz fliptop poly bottles from REI on 06/30/2010 13:35:42 MDT Print View

I just use the regular fliptops from REI, just do a squeeze test to see if they leak air before buying. Since this bottle looks unlike any of the other ones for water, I'm sure never to drink from it. It's also marked with red electrical tape.

Steve Small
(lustreking) - F
Contact lens solution on 06/30/2010 14:09:38 MDT Print View

I too use a contact lens solution bottle. One time my wife sent me to the store to buy her a new case for her contact lenses. I found a case for $3, but I also found a 4oz bottle of solution that included a free case for $2.50. Good size for a longer weekend trip, and a nice, secure screw-on cap.

Edited by lustreking on 06/30/2010 14:10:21 MDT.

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Contact lens solution on 06/30/2010 15:37:52 MDT Print View

i just wish the tops came off easier!


Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Contact lens solution on 06/30/2010 15:47:58 MDT Print View

Yeah, to pop off the top to refill can be a pain in the butt. I just use a butter knife or similar flat object and pry it apart.