Ethanol in Canada – Found it!!
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Jun 16, 2013 at 7:11 pm #1304286Derrick WhiteBPL Member
Since deciding to try an alcohol stove I have been looking for an ethanol product available in Canada without much luck. I have tried various rubbing alcohols, methyl hydrates etc without much satisfaction.
Last week I noticed this bottle at a small local drugstore and gave it a try. It gives the burn times that others report here with similar equipment: TD fissure with Evernew deep 0.7L pot. I can bring a full pot to boil on about .7 of an ounce. It burns clean and calm and leaves not soot.
The brand is Rexall and should be fairly easy to find. It is 95% ethanol.
For those interested.
DerrickJun 16, 2013 at 8:07 pm #1997313Dale WambaughBPL Member
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
That's cool— any idea what the other 5% is?
Rubbing alcohol in the US is isopropyl, which is sooty and not as hot. The best deal so far is "green" denatured alcohol from the hardware store/paint supply.Jun 16, 2013 at 8:18 pm #1997317Rob ESpectator
Ethanol can also is also available at Canadian Tire/Home hardware, sold as BioFlame Ethanol. It is manufactured (or distributed?) by Reochem, http://www.recochem.com. Looking at the MSDS shows that it is 95% Ethanol, and 5% 2-Propanol.
Edit.. apparently link doesn't work? Anyway, search for bioflame on canadiantire.ca and you'll find it.Jun 16, 2013 at 9:13 pm #1997327James CahillBPL Member
@dmatbLocale: Norf Carl
not to derail the thread (awesome find by the way) but I've always been curious as to the difference between the regular denatured alcohol and the "green" stuff, from an alcohol stove POV. I stared at the two for 10 minutes in ace hardware and got nowhere.Jun 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm #1997510Dan DurstonBPL Member
@dandydanLocale: Canadian Rockies
Good stuff guys. I'll keep this in mind.Jun 17, 2013 at 3:59 pm #1997530Paul AshtonMember
@pda123Locale: Eastern Mass
Bio denatured alcohol is essentially no different from and other denatured alcohols. Max 95% ethanol (ethyl alcohol) and 5% mainly methanol (methyl alcohol, methyl hydrate) to make it poisonous and unsuitable for drinking. SLX is different in being nearly 50% methanol. It is called "bio" or "green" because it is made from cereals, usually corn. This makes it a "renewable resource". None "bio" ethanol is synthesised as a by product of the petroleum industry (esp. Methanol which is synthesised from natural gas (methane)). IMO the main outcome of "bio" fuels has been to make poor Mexicans even more undernourished than they were before, but that is a subject inappropriate on a backpacking forum.Nov 26, 2013 at 2:54 pm #2048330Peter EvansMember
I'm in town (St. John's), just went looking for "heet" today and failed.
Which drugstore did you buy this at? (save me some gas)Nov 26, 2013 at 3:10 pm #2048337Derrick WhiteBPL Member
You won't find heet in St. John's, I don't think. If you do let me know where.
I bought the ethanol in Goose Bay, Labrador, at an independent pharmacy. Any drugstore which carries Rexall products might have it. Maybe Healey's at the foot of Leslie Street. There aren't many independents remaining so you may not have any luck. I am happy to pick some up when in Goose Bay next month.
DerrickNov 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm #2048397Dan YeruskiBPL Member
Canadian tire has these products that might be the same as HEET:
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