I'm trying to figure out a way of saying this without coming across as a total a$$hole. But almost none of what you wrote applies to the wicked, spirit lamps used in balance beam siphon coffee makers. For instance:
"Green" denatured alcohol is sooty, smelly and worse for the application than ordinary SLX (mix of ethanol and methanol) or straight methanol (methyl hydrate);
"Soot Free," the stuff recommended by Origo which you use is pretty much identical to Klean Strip SLX (denatured alcohol), and not Klean Strip Green;
Wicked spirit lamps of the type used cannot be refueled without removing the wick. No warning to extinguish before adding fresh alcohol is necessary;
The flame, coming off a wick, is visible in ordinary, indoor viewing conditions;
Sorry to be a jerk, but I didn't want the OP to get confused, and run out and buy a can of Green. Rich
Thanks for the input. Since I do not have a camping store near me I will grab a can of Klean Strip. I receive my siphon this next Monday. I'm really excited, there's nothing like taking on a new coffee adventure!
I like that I can say that here and not get an eye roll haha. It's nice to be around geeks... Even if it's just virtual.
The Klean Strip denatured alcohol work wonderfully. No soot marks... Well I cant tell if it was 100% but nothing like rubbing alcohol, that was a huge sooty mess. Rubbing alcohol also did not get hot enough to finish up once the water container started to lift away from the flame.
I experimented with rubbing alcohol because I read it somewhere else that it could be an optional fuel source. But the denatured alcohol is the way to go.
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