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This stove is designed to burn denatured alcohol. You can find this in the paint thinner section of hardware or building supply stores. The containers are sometimes also labeled "Marine Stove Fuel". Please note that other paint thinners and stove fuels are explosive and should not be used in this stove. An acceptable alternative fuel is isopropyl alcohol; however, it will deposit a lot of soot on the bottom of your pot.
The flame produced by this stove is fainter than a kitchen natural gas stove. This stove’s flame is invisible in bright sunlight. Be very cautious in bright light conditions. It is best to learn to use your stove in low-light conditions.
Using your stove:
- Add fuel to your stove. Always use a fuel dispenser to fuel your stove.
Main burner: One ounce of fuel will last about 10 minutes. It takes about 6 minutes to boil 2 cups of water.
Simmer burner: 1/2 ounce of fuel will last about 30-45 minutes.
- Light your stove with a match or lighter.
- Extinguishing your stove: it is fine to just let the stove burn itself out. You can stop it sooner by covering it with an empty soup can. In an emergency, douse any burning alcohol with water.