Ryan LaPan wrote:
I have always used the pocket rocket type stoves with the iso-butane/propane fuel canisters but I find the fuel too bulky and not multi-purpose enough. I have been looking into alcohol stoves (for when fire cant be made). I like the Trangia Spirit (or I might make my own). I tried to look up information on different types of fuel. I read that people mostly use denatured alcohol or HEET. I want to carry a fuel that can also be used in first aid. The info I find is very contradictory. Some say use 90% or better isopropyl; some say 90% or better ethyl alchol. What is a good clean burning fuel safe for first aid use?
I was going to do some testing about that topic for my self-reliance medicine project 8). Here what I can tell you ( actually there a post in the medical part on alcohol that I give my opinion).
What you need to know is that ALL alcohol are kind of the same outside the body. Meaning unless you drink that stuff it's not bad. The issue is when it's change into what we call metabolite (by product). let's call it the good alcohol ( ethanol) and the bad ( the others). The good and the bad get process by the same enzyme (alcohol dehydrogenase). The enzyme have a bigger afinity for the good one.Actually that's the tx we do ( the old one), we keep people drunk until they pass the bad one unmetabolize:
So why i am talking about alll that. Well I believe you get a stronger flame with the bad one then the good one. You will be able to propably sterilize instruments with the bad one. But if you intend to use to clean the skin and use it as an antidote for the bad one obviously you will have to use the good one. Not sure how much absorbtion you wil have of the bad stuff through the skin ( always hard to assess topical absorption). Cause like i said before you don't use the stuff on open wound it"s a big NO NO and just to be sure NOOOOO.lol It's does more damage then good.
Hope it help make your choice. I know some Grappa is about 40% pure. I had a bottle that i was going to try( can't drink that stuff lol) with