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Tell me about Sterno

Jerseysteam
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Joined: June 9th, 2018, 12:07 am

June 18th, 2018, 12:16 pm #1

Which version of Sterno gel are steamers using in place of tablets? I see that several different varieties are available (on U.S. Amazon, for example). I'd prefer something that I can pour, rather than scoop, into burner trays. What works for you?

Thanks!
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jkbixby
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June 18th, 2018, 12:24 pm #2

An alternative to Sterno type gel is hand sanitizer which is normally 70% ethanol - it's cheap and seems to work the couple of times I've used it.
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Roly Williams
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June 18th, 2018, 12:47 pm #3

I only know of one version of Sterno, and it's a proper gel - not runny. 

Sterno that you can pour is called meths (or denatured alcohol in US)! Hand sanitiser is a poor compromise; neither one nor the other. 
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jkbixby
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June 18th, 2018, 1:51 pm #4

Thanks Roly.
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Larry
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June 18th, 2018, 2:01 pm #5

Our dear forum member Nacho started a thread more or less about this which got a lot of replies.
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olivapor
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June 18th, 2018, 2:35 pm #6

Pink organic gel is my favourite ...
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Jerseysteam
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June 18th, 2018, 2:48 pm #7

Can a plastic or metal spoon be used to scoop the gel? Should the burner be lined with aluminum foil? Are any other precautions needed other than the usual due to common sense?
Dave

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Jerseysteam
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June 18th, 2018, 2:50 pm #8

olivapor wrote: Pink organic gel is my favourite ...
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No sooting !
What brand/variety?
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olivapor
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June 18th, 2018, 4:43 pm #9

Jerseysteam wrote:
olivapor wrote: Pink organic gel is my favourite ...
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No sooting !
What brand/variety?
Genuine Sternogel 😊
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olivapor
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June 18th, 2018, 4:51 pm #10

Jerseysteam wrote: Can a plastic or metal spoon be used to scoop the gel? Should the burner be lined with aluminum foil? Are any other precautions needed other than the usual due to common sense?
Anything is ok to scoop gel ;
I use small alu tins from Chemical materials as burners ...
Work fine , but they become very hot eventually ... common sense !
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IMO , a very thin alu foil could ... take fire 🔥 !

Tablet trays would work fine... 👍🏻

I would say 4 or 5 cc would run my Steamco Donkey for 20 min ? ...
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