safety of using fibreglass insulation in alcohol stoves
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Sean Perry
(shaleh) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
safety of using fibreglass insulation in alcohol stoves on 06/01/2007 11:04:46 MDT Print View

Ok, call me timid but is it safe to use fibreglass insulation this way? Are there types of insulation NOT to use?

I have tried searching for other people asking this and have not found anything, hope this is not a FAQ.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: safety of using fibreglass insulation in alcohol stoves on 06/01/2007 11:50:46 MDT Print View

I can't think of a reason why not, other than taking reasonable precautions to not handle or breathe it when building the stove.

You wouldn't want to use anything that would melt at high temps, or would break down in contact with the fuel. Fiberglass passes both tests.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: safety of using fibreglass insulation in alcohol stoves on 06/01/2007 18:53:32 MDT Print View

You miught want to use gloves when you handle it. Experience in using fiberglass on various boats taught me that a little fiberglass "dust" and one may itch a bit. Think tiny slivers. The stuff isn't really toxic unless you were to get a lungfull of fiberglass dust. Just be reasonably careful. I've used a "ton" of the insulation in stoves with no ill effects.