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gelled alcohol fire starter

Posted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:54 pm
by irrationalsolutions
ok oops posted about this stuff a while back and said he found it at walmart. well i was there tonight to get something else and was walking around and saw the stuff. it has a red clearence tag and is a buck a bottle now! so i bought two of them. if youre interested in this stuff you might want to check it out.

Re: gelled alcohol fire starter

Posted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 12:17 pm
by zelph
Is it in the sporting goods dept.?

Re: gelled alcohol fire starter

Posted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:12 pm
by irrationalsolutions
i have no idea where it is in the store. in the store here they had a small clearence section on an end cap in the hardware dept and thats where it was at. they had 4 bottle but i only got two. im going to go by there tomorrow and if the other two are still there im going to get them too. i thouhg i would be nice and give someone else a chance but if there are still there after a couple days, it fair game!

Re: gelled alcohol fire starter

Posted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:18 pm
by realityguy
How do you use that stuff?Is it in a squeeze bottle?
I've got a few cans of gelled stuff..more of a chafing fuel..like a sterno can.

Re: gelled alcohol fire starter

Posted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:29 pm
by irrationalsolutions
yes its in a squeeze bottle with a flip out top lid. its just the gelled alcohol and you put some on your woods for a fire and it kinda acts as your tender. its cool stuff to play with but basically the same as perell but cheaper right now. i keep a small bottle of the cheap hand san. stuff for the same thing in my fire kit. i figured i could just use these big bottles to refil the little one. i do keep a small bottle of the better hand cleaner seperate for it real intended purpose though.

Re: gelled alcohol fire starter

Posted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:34 pm
by realityguy
I've got a bunch of the smaller 1-4 oz bottles of hand sanitizer(wanted the bottles for "packing heet" :mrgreen: ..guess I'll have to burn some to see how well it works.

Re: gelled alcohol fire starter

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 9:33 am
by oops56
realityguy wrote:I've got a bunch of the smaller 1-4 oz bottles of hand sanitizer(wanted the bottles for "packing heet" :mrgreen: ..guess I'll have to burn some to see how well it works.


I found out not to good take some out mix some more alcohol to it in bottle works better

Re: gelled alcohol fire starter

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 11:35 am
by realityguy
I can clean my hands with some,say a third of a bottle,then add the alcohol(heet) and use it for that purpose or empty the entire thing as a hand sanitizer and refill with heet.Dollar Tree carries the hand sanitizer in 1,2,and 4oz small bottles(i think,4bottles,2bottles,and 1 bottle)each pack for a buck and they have the pop-tops..perfect for premeasured loads of fuel in smaller bottles.You'd probably pay the same amount for empty bottles at a pharmacy or more.It's easy to take a sharpie and mark separate ozs or half bottles on the outside..besides the word HEET.The 1oz,2oz are tiny,flat,uniform size top to bottom(easy to calculate lines on them),and easy to pack inside a stove kit for day hikes,4oz for longer hikes..The bottles are shorter than most and fit nicely around stoves because they are slightly convex on one side,concave on the other.Using a small stove inside a 4-5" pot allows a person to put the stove in the center and line the outside edges with the small bottles inside the cook pot,depending on the diameter of the stove of course.
I find the 2oz to be a nice size for day hikes at 3-1/2" high by 1" deepx2" wide,can fit in a shirt or coat pocket,or anywhere else..including about any pot I plan to use along with everything else.

Re: gelled alcohol fire starter

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 11:51 pm
by irrationalsolutions
nobody wanted the other two bottles so i went ahead and bought them to give them a good home. so i now have 4 16oz bottles for 4bucks total! i can live with that. :DB:

Re: gelled alcohol fire starter

Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 5:15 am
by Vibe
oops56 wrote:I found out not to good take some out mix some more alcohol to it in bottle works better

Funny. I forget the brand now, but the "hand Sanitizer" gel I tried worked just fine as it was. Seems like it was "only" 62% alcohol as well. But I was using it as a fire starter, not stove fuel.