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George H Franklin wrote at 2014-05-09 20:46:50
Marine cooking alcohol is safe enough for what you intend, for two reasons.  One, you are not burning it in large quantity, or presumably, in a closed unventilated space.  The products of combustion are not particularly dangerous if properly ventilated.  Second, Alcohol is readily miscible (mixes very well) with water so any alcohol fire is readily put out with water.  This is a very important consideration aboard a small boat, and the reason that alcohol stoves are preferred in that application.  If it were not safe to use on a small sailboat, and in much larger quantities than you propose, you would be hearing about the many thousands of people killed by the fumes every year.  Silence, in this case, is good news.


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