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Reasonable product at a reasonable price, 12 March 2016
By Gazwaldo (Wrexham)
I've used a few bottles of this stuff, and I can understand folks complaining about smoke or soot on their pans. This is something that I have seen from time to time with methylated spirits as well as ethanol, and have assumed it was due to the denaturing (read poison) ingredient these fuels have.
Any time I try a new fuel or even a different make of the same fuel, I experiment with it, I find that there is a difference that can require the pot being lower or higher to get the optimum flame to bear. I have found that often lowering the pot a little closer to the flame can reduce the sooting.
Another trick -used with methylated spirits too- is to have a little water to the fuel in the stove -on my Trangia I put one to two teaspoons of water for a full fuel load, shake it, and find the sooting is reduced or disappears. I have no idea of the science, but I always assumed that the water reduces the burn temperature of the alcohol fuel, and so the volatiles aren't as easily released, for sure the flame is reduced and the burn is longer. Depending on time of year you can get away with more water; in the summer I often water down the alcohol to increase burn time, and this helps simmer or cook food at a slightly lower temperature.
I gave it four stars just because it does need a bit of tinkering to get right...but the price is competitive...so honours even, I think.
Waste of money, 29 September 2015
By John (Colchester)
Despite being told this product would work with my MSR Dragonfly stove, which is supposed to burn anything, it doesn't. Very hard to ignite and then will not maintain a burn. Ruined a weekend fishing trip as I had no other fuel and had to pack up a few days early.
Horrible, 01 September 2015
By Max (Plymouth)
This is the first product I have been disappointed
with from Go Outdoors. Does not burn cleanly and
had tightness in the chest after using
Save your money.
Black soot, 28 August 2015
By Dan (email@example.com)
I was disappointed with this. Not a clean burn at all. Generated a lot of black soot on my pans.
Instead, I recommend the fuel4 branded bio ethanol. It burned much cleaner and is cheaper!
Not as clean a burn as expected, 03 June 2015
By MuddyDuck (Camberley)
It may just be me, but I was somewhat disappointed with this alternative to meths for my lightweight Trangia brew kit.
True it is not as unpleasant a smell as meths.
It also seems to burn pretty hot, with comparable boil time for my trangia kettle (maybe even a little faster).
BUT the bottom of my kettle has ended up coated with a thin layer of soot :(
That has never happened with the usual meths I use - hence the 3* rating.
Anyway I will try it a few times more, to see if this was a one off. Will also try it in my larger Swedish Army Trangia kit to see if I get the same outcome. Will then revise rating accordingly...
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