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Posted by et7724 on November 26, 2008, 4:41 am
hello all,

does anyone know where i can purchase ethanol fuel for a fireplace in
tennessee? i have a special ethanol fuel burner for my fireplace but i
can't find any pure ethanol (denatured ethanol i guess)...i've just
been using regular rubbing alcohol (70%), which works fine but i can
only find it in 32 oz bottles at wally world, etc.  so if anyone knows
where to but denatured ethanol in gallon jugs or even 5 gallon pails
shoot me a line...or if someone knows where to buy rubbing alcohol in
gallon jugs that'll be fine too....thanks...

Posted by Eeyore on November 26, 2008, 6:18 am

et7724@clearwire.net wrote:

Isopropyl alcohol (isopropanol) 100% is easier to acquire since it's less
likely to be drunk by alcoholics. I haven't tried burning it.

I use it for electrical and electronic cleaning but it's not cheap at that
grade. As an experiment I did try drinking some once btw  and it does work
! Not sure how advisable it is though !

Ounces are a US only measure so you screwed yourself there. My last
purchase was a 2 litre container because the local 'chemist', I guess you
call that pharmacist, was out of the 500ml I usually buy.



Posted by Ken Maltby on November 26, 2008, 1:56 pm


  Yes Eeyore, Tennessee is still in the USA.  In fact, it has a
long history of producing very fine ethanol.

  While the OP should have plenty of access to products of
distilation including some where posion has been added to
make it "Denatured", and less likely to raise the ire of the
"revenooers", he could make his own.


  There should be plenty of pressure on the BATF to issue
permits for fuel production stills, now a days.  Add a solar
concentrator to drive the process, and you should be free
and clear.  (Just don't get caught selling your fuel for human
comsumption, but then that is often an option as well:
   http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/25/us/25distilleries.html  )

  A simple solar trough concentrator should provide "hot oil"
(~700 degrees) to pump through pipes in a "Mash"/"wash"
filled container that would feed the still with fermented steam.

  This is not an Urban endeavor though, you need a source of
fermentable material and the aroma would attract considerable
attention.  Still, while the biodiesel types are out begging the
fast food joints for their used oil, you could try and corner the
market in overripe fruits & veggies.


Posted by EXT on November 27, 2008, 2:22 am

Go to any printing supply house. Isopropanal alcohol is used in large
printing presses as part of their fountain solution, it is available in 5
gallon drums.

Posted by clare on November 27, 2008, 5:17 am
 On Wed, 26 Nov 2008 21:22:10 -0500, "EXT"

Methylated spirits - AKA Methyl Hydrate is available at any paint or
hardware store.

Some is actually straight methyl, some is 5% methyl and 95% ethyl.
Used fot thinning and cutting shellac, among other uses.
Burns clean.

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