Discussion in 'Off grid power' started by jimLE, Jan 13, 2019.
OMG!!! I got me a great find for $10.00 today..
That looks like a well spent $10.
Im thinking it is..even if i never fill it and use it.it's still worth the buy to me.
I wonder if this would burn in an oil lamp? $17.99 a gallon
That is a good deal on those wicks. That is much wick for the money than what I can get at my Ace Hardware.
I have made an alcohol stove from a soda can. It did not burn well. It may be that it needed something that I missed or that I didn't do something right. I would not want that as my only stove in an emergency situation.
Tuna cans--back when I ate tuna, before Fukishima, I saved up all that I had and cut corrugated cardboard strips as wide as the depth of the can. I rolled up the cardboard strips with a wick in the middle. I put the rolls into the tuna cans and filled up the cans with wax. I have a bunch of these, and I have never tested one.
That is a very cool lantern. The story about how they were used is equally as cool. What I wonder is why they were illegal? And were you living in Alaska before it became a state? I have no idea how old you are. I remember being in second grade, hearing about Alaska and Hawaii becoming states.
Fish traps were made illegal because they are so efficient.
I moved to Alaska in 1950, stayed more than long enough to become a resident, and left in 1951. I have no memory of that time. Alaska became a State in July 1959. I moved back to Alaska permanently later that same year. I have vivid memories of that move. I'm older than you, respect your elders.
Isopropyl Alcohol will burn in oil lamps but it doesn't produce any light unless you use it in an Aladdin lamp or other mantel type lamp. Alcohol produces a very blue flame with a mostly transparent look.
Can be used as a heat source.
Yes, alcohol produces a fair amount of heat but in the burning process it also generates a lot of moisture. An open flame in an area can raise the humidity to the point that cooling takes place making it more difficult to heat a given area. Alcohol stoves and heaters should be vented outside the area being heated to be more efficient. The amount of carbon-dioxide and carbon-monoxide is less than with oil or natural gas but they are still there adding another reason to vent outside.
When you burn any carbon based fuel oil, kerosene, etc. you get about 85% water vapour. That is why you see steam coming out of your tailpipe or chimney in cold weather. Next you get CO2 approaching 15% depending on the quality of combustion. Impurities, such as sulphur will add in SO2 which combines with the water to form a mild sulphuric acid. Some nitrogen can burn etc. Incomplete combustion produces CO and the worse the combustion the more CO and less CO2.
I got a couple of lamps out yesterday and cleaned them up, filled them with oil and lit them just to see how they worked. Worked well and I'm going to give a couple to my kids.
I bought several cheap lanterns on Craigslist just to have.
I had a Revelation mantel lantern. It would burn about anything. I used Coleman fuel and gasoline and I think it would take alcohol too. it went into the boathouse and grew legs.
I got a new multi fuel Coleman double mantel lantern for Christmas 3 years ago. Still in the box unused along with spare mantels. I bought an almost new Coleman double mantel lantern with 2 gallons of Coleman fuel, 4 sets of mantels, a fuel funnel and a lighter at a garage sale a couple of years ago for $5. My wife couldn't understand why I needed another one because I have a new unused one.
That was a great price just for the fuel alone.
You can use alcohol and unleaded gas in any Coleman lamp or stove too. Alcohol is more problematic but it works well once it is warmed to operating temps.
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