I have just recently applied for a small alcohol fuel license and should get in in about 2 weeks according to the TTB. I'm looking for devices that will use this fuel in-modified. I've found marine stoves, and have heard about alcohol fuel lanterns but have not found a source for them. Does anyone know of other devices?
I have access to a couple hundred pounds of deserts every week (cup cakes, pies, pastries, donuts) and have good success at using enzymes to convert the starch as well as direct use of the sugar. Byproducts go to my pigs. I also have a flex-fuel truck, so I'm hoping to use the alcohol to make E-85.
Again,don't know much about this but no one else has replied...my thought is to start with what devices do you need? a blender? can you power that with a bicycle instead of ethanol? a shaver? can you switch to a straight razor? that kind of thing. Probably you already have...it seems like feeding your pigs, stove, lantern, and truck pretty much covers it. Especially the pigs.
Maybe there are ethanol-powered fridges?? I seem to recall running across something like that...
What are the things you use every day but don't interact with directly--that just run in the background? like your sewage-handling, your fridge, your water supply...do any of these need energy inputs? your computer, your phone, your washing machine...?
That's all I got. . .can you say more what are your daily needs?
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I've found that by adding some 2 cycle oil at around 300:1 and using duct tape to close off 1/3 of the air intake to fix the fuel/air ratio, just about any small 4 cycle engine will run on E-85. Looks like a Coleman lantern will run in-modified.
They make little alcohol lamps that could be a replacement for candles if one makes their own alcohol and has a steady supply. They're often sold as lab alcohol lamps for quick sterilizing of lab tools when doing things such as culture smears on agar in petri dishes. Looking at one makes me think that it would be possible to use alcohol in the old style oil lamps. It's just a simple cotton wick in a reservoir of fuel.
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