I just made an alcohol stove from a couple of aluminum cans. I followed the steps shown here :http://www.metacafe.com/watch/839102/cool_little_miniature_stove/
I want to test it, but have no alcohol and won't be heading to the store for a few days. I do have some Ronsonol lighter fuel that I use in my Zippo. I figure that the stove and the lighter work in a related fashion, and so I expect that I could use the lighter fuel. Don't want to injure myself, though, so I figured I had better ask.
The fuel bottle states that "CONTAINS NAPHTHA" but there is no other mention of what it is made of.
If you do buy HEET, make sure you buy the yellow bottle. The red bottle contains Isopropyl alcohol. It can be used in a pinch, but it smells REALLY bad and leaves and thick carbon deposit on EVERYTHING.
Neither of them do you want to be inhaling nor ingesting. As long as you are using both of them in a well ventilated area and do not pour it into your food or stick your face next to your stove you should be fine. Heck this is true for just about all the fuels. The only one I can think of that would be "ok" is pure ethanol but both ingesting and inhaling will get you drunk might quick.
Yes you can use lighter fluid but it will probably ruin your pots the first time with "black" smut. The lighter fluid will give off really heavy black smut...Hope that helps...Happy Trekking...sabre11004...
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Your alcohol should be at least 80% alcohol. You can find methanol (methyl alcohol) in the paint thinner department also. Or using any booze that is 160 proof or more should do it, but that would be a waste, wouldn't it?
I have found that the 70% isopropyl simply does not want to stay lit, plus it leaves carbon on your stove and pans.
Nope, any petroleum distillte in there would probably be bad news, except in the open wick type hobo stove.
OTOH, I swore I wouldn't admit to it - and you should NEVER EVER DO THIS because lawyers will swing from the trees and descend upon you with lawsuits and disclaimers but..... I add a little alcohol to my white gas in winter - it picks up any water, and makes starting a svea in -30 a fair bit easier..
(It's actually a bad idea to use methyl alcohol if your fuel bottle is aluminum - so seriously, don't do it kids... )