Originally Posted by anjinsan
Oh..sorry..the reason I say this is..if the alcohol is not sufficiently heated to disperse for cooking
..it will leak out in liquid for and collect in the bottom of the stove. So..you get a bit of a fire in your stove..and what do you do? Throw water
on it...."WRONG" all you get is burning water
Curious about your experience. Years ago in our club boats I used alcohol stoves and had one or two leaks
that became fires that were easily put out by water. Ethanol needs to have a concentration higher than 100 proof, (50%) to burn. Ethanol and water are miscable, but even something like salt water
of two different concentrations (densities) can form layers if you are careful enough. I just tried pouring some tequila on top of water as carefully and slowly as I could and the tequila mixed throughout the water. I managed to get the tequila to float on the water by pouring it into a spoon and gently laying it on top of the water, but even then the color looked diluted as if some mixing occurred.
Maybe not enough water was used? You want much more water than the quantity of alcohol to make sure it all dilutes below 50%.