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Old 04-20-08, 03:10 PM   #1
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Fuel Bottle - Alcohol

I'm looking for a fuel bottle for my denatured alcohol. The stores around me didn't not have any of the 22oz fuel bottles that fit nicely into a water bottle cage so I started looking into other methods. I looked at http://zenstoves.net/FuelStorage.htm, which indicates any plastic water bottle would work.

Any thoughts on this? I know some other people on this forum have alcohol stoves, what do you carry your denatured alcohol in?


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Old 04-20-08, 03:49 PM   #2
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I carry it in recycled bottled water bottles. Mark them conspicuously though. I would recommend just keeping them in the panniers as alcohol unlike white gas isn't too bad if it should leak.

I will qualify this by saying that I have only used alcohol on one short tour since I have mostly used iso-butane, but I have backpacked with alcohol a good bit.
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Old 04-20-08, 04:23 PM   #3
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Yeah, any soda bottle is fine. Light and doesn't leak.
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Old 04-20-08, 04:52 PM   #4
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I used clear water bottles for alcohol on the Divide Ride with excellent results.
Just do not overfill to allow for expansion.
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Old 04-20-08, 05:13 PM   #5
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I use small plastic bottles, clearly labeled!

Don't use white gas bottles that are made of aluminium:

"One of the drawbacks of methanol as a fuel is its corrosivity to some metals, including aluminium. Methanol, although a weak acid, attacks the oxide coating that normally protects the aluminium from corrosion" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methanol
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Old 04-20-08, 05:50 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input!
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Sorry to be the Health and Safety guy on this, but shouldn't you re-label any bottle that you use for a secondary purpose?
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Yup, relabeling is the smart route. (Unless you like gambling your eyesight or life in this case, which I'm not too fond of)
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I use a plastic flask. More expensive than a soda bottle, certainly not essential, but I'm happier with a more durable plastic and flat shape for packing that this offers. I did need to replace the O ring once after a few years of having it.

Also with this one, the cap is a measured shot (1.5 oz) so you can get an idea of how much to use consistently, etc.

Here's a recent photo of it with a banana slug in the Santa Cruz mountains.

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Yellow HEET bottle
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I dropped a 1 liter "soda bottle" and it broke when it hit the pavement.

Banana slug makes a nice subject.
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Many backpackers use empty bottled water bottles. We haven't gotten into the touring stuff yet but we backpack. For alcohol I generally use a nalgene plastic bottle with a squeeze type spout. If you are worried about leakage with any bottle, put a little teflon tape around the threads before you close it up. If you are wanting to also measure how much fuel you are putting in you could use an empty fuel additive bottle that has a built in measuring cup. Sta-Bil is one brand but there are others and there are different sizes.
A good way to mark your alcohol is to put some red food coloring in it--won't affect the alcohol and it makes it easily identifiable.
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What you need is one of these ....

http://www.twenga.co.uk/dir-Leisure-...el-bottle-4317

They don't leak, they are made for alcohol stoves, and the 1 liter version is compatible with some bike bottle cages, and so can be mounted on the underside of your downtube
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