Gear Question

Will this stove work with ethanol?

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Will this stove work with ethanol?

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Not a good idea. It would probably work, but alcohol (and ethanol) burns far hotter than most other fuels, so alcohol stoves release less fuel to cope with the temperatures. Burning alcohol in this stove would likely result in some kind of violent conflagration.

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I agree. Bad idea! Ethanol has a higher octane rating, 129, but a lower BTU or watt (thermal power produced) rating which is what you need for boiling water. Isobutane, kerosene, & white gas burn much hotter than alcohol plus it's compression could result in an explosion mainly due to it's relatively low flash point.

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If you're asking where it will run on pure ethanol, then no. But if you are asking if it will run on the ethanol/gasoline mix sold as gas stations for automobiles then yeah it will burn fine.
Stoves designed for alcohol are fantastic for certain situations (simple meals, boiling water, not too cold, no snow melting, any altitude)

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I tried once to put technical alcohol in it (90% ethanol). After priming, the alcohol vapors ejected the .45 LPG jet which such speed that I could not ignite them and sustain a flame. I read somewhere there are some people who managed to burn ethanol by enlarging the orifice of some jet to 1mm or something like that.