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matwelli
2005-01-17, 05:17
Hello All,
This is my first post, I guess I am a bit of a lurker.

The majority of homemade stove designs appear to be alcohol stoves.
Over here in New Zealand I think this is what we call Meths or Methylated spirits, purple in colour and evaporates with little trace.
Can some one please confirm this for me.

Second question, are there any designs for homemade stoves that work on white gas (we call it shelite or calite over here, a very light type of gasoline), this is very readily available from most of our service stations etc. I am asking as I have not seen any designs for or discussions on using white gas.

Cheers

Mat

SGT Rock
2005-01-17, 10:49
As I understad it, methylated spirits are exactly the same thing as denatured alcohol for the US. But to the second question, do not try to build a stove using this sort of stuff that uses gass, it is not safe. I don't know of any homemade stove kits or designs for gas either.

blackdog
2005-01-17, 10:55
You'll find the info you need here:
http://adunk.ozehosting.com/metho.html

The Trangia burner and the numerous pop-can designs work fine with such a ethanol/methanol mix, sold as "Tenol" here in Sweden btw.

As for white gas stoves... I'm a solar nut at the moment. Sorry.

matwelli
2005-01-18, 15:54
Thanks for the input, a bit of confusion, when I said white gas, you also call it coleman fuel in the US as well. Its not a gas, its a light gasoline.

Cheers

Mat

Lanthar
2005-01-18, 18:47
Thanks for the input, a bit of confusion, when I said white gas, you also call it coleman fuel in the US as well. Its not a gas, its a light gasoline.

Cheers

Mat

So, It's 's still likely rather volatile. I wouldn't try to make a homemade stove for it...

Aaron mentions white gas (http://www.brasslite.com/about.html#potchoice)

you might see this page as well (http://www.brasslite.com/about.html#potchoice)

SGT Rock
2005-01-18, 20:15
Well, I understood what you meant, but white gas really isn't that much different from gasoline, so I would still say that for the most part it is too dangerous for making homeade fuel stoves. I do remember someone posting a thread for a Trangia conversion kit, but basically it was a whole new stove that used the more beefy Trangia pot stand and pot set.

matwelli
2005-01-18, 20:44
Thanks all for the guidance , alcohol (meths) stove it is then. :)

Cheers

Mat