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Vango Bio-Ethanol Spirit Fuel (1 Litre)

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Bio-Ethanol Spirit Fuel designed and recommended for spirit burners by manufacturers such as Trangia.

  • Made from renewable sources such as sugar beet
  • Approved by The Scout Association for use on Scouting expeditions etc.
  • Recommonded for use on Duke Of Edinburgh's Award Expeditions

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  • 5 out of 5
Vango fuel, 20 June 2017
By Army camper (United Kingdom)
Use this fuel type all the time, it is easy to light with flint and steel and burns for quite a while. well worth it for the price

  • 5 out of 5
good price easy to use, 15 May 2017
By t1ready (Norwich)
Used this for the first time with my DofE group. Worked really well, all participants able to use it effectively.

  • 1 out of 5
unable to remove lid, 27 April 2017
By DCaf84 (Leeds)
The bottle was bending with the effort to push the lid down and turn but despite two of us trying to remove the lid we had to resort to piercing the bottle and filling our trangia burner very carefully from the hole we'd created. the fuel itself worked well but flame was invisible until i sat the pan on top. had to bin the remaining liquid at the campsite as unable to safely transport after we'd had to put a hole in the bottle as lid wouldn't come off.

  • 5 out of 5
Superb fuel - it is now my go-to choice., 04 December 2016
By Dave (Coleraine)
I've used many different types of fuels when camping or just out for a brew in the forest - this is the best I've used to date.

It lights easily with a spark from a firesteel - in daytime the flame is almost invisible so be cautious.

The burn is actually very clean - it won't clog up a Trangia with residue (as with Meths). A quick wipe with a damp cloth and your pot/kettle etc. is clean enough to be packed away.

Unlike gel-based (including Fire Dragon gel blocks) or 'hexi' tablet based fuels, there is no residue in the bottom of your burner after cooking, and because the product isn't artificially dyed, there aren't purple stains everywhere as with Meths.

I use this fuel in a Whitebox stove in a BCB Crusader Mk2 cookset base. I have also used it in many of my other stoves, including homemade ones and I've never had a problem with it.

This is the closest we will get to the performance characteristics of yellow Heet here in the UK - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Cheers, Dave.

  • 4 out of 5
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 honours even, I think.

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