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View Poll Results: Which alcohol fuel option do you most prefer?
HEET (Yellow Bottle) 7 41.18%
Grain Alcohol (Everclear) 3 17.65%
Air Brake Anti-Freeze 0 0%
Denatured Alcohol 5 29.41%
Gelled Alcohol 0 0%
Isopropyl Alcohol (e.g. 99%) 1 5.88%
Other (I'll explain in thread) 1 5.88%
Voters: 17. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-17-2013, 09:08 AM
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Everclear, SLX, Heet - in that order, not often SLX or Heet, though I do have a couple of gallons of SLX out in the fuel shed.

Reason for grain alcohol is that I finally got to the point where I understood that the cost of Everclear is trivial compared to the larger eco-costs associated with other fuel products and, bonus, it really is multi-use. Not on a mission here, had to put my money where mouth is and so forth.

The SLX is for emergency use and I will continue to always have a couple of gallons on hand; same goes for white gas and kerosene.



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Old 12-18-2013, 12:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Benwaller
Reason for grain alcohol is that... ...I understood that the cost of Everclear is trivial compared to the larger eco-costs associated with other fuel products and, bonus, it really is multi-use.



Ben
When I started reading this thread, I'll admit I thought Everclear a surprising choice for stove fuel, largely due to cost. With the others weighing in on its practicality, and now your observation about eco-costs, you all may yet make me re-think the yellow Heet thing.
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