Disclaimer and Warnings Page

DIY Alcohol Fueled Stoves for Emergency Preparedness, Backpacking, Canoeing, Kayaking, & Disaster Recovery



Neither the webmaster nor anyone else whose information may be included on, or linked to, this web site can attest to or endorse the safety of using any techniques, equipment, supplies or services evaluated or referred to therein. Any endorsement or recommendation is limited solely to the evaluator's opinion about their effectiveness when used for their intended purpose in accordance with safe operating procedures, and if available, in accordance with any instructions provided by the inventor or manufacturer. Some survival and outdoors equipment and supplies are inherently unsafe and can injure, maim or kill even when used appropriately.

Endorsement or recommendation of any equipment, supplies, services or techniques does not constitute a guaranty or warranty that equipment, supplies, services or techniques will function when needed or are safe to use.

Information on this site is provided for educational purposes only. If you choose to experiment with any designs, fuels, equipment or information included on this site, do so at your own risk.


Carbon Dioxide & Carbon Monoxide and other toxic gases are produced by the burning Alcohol. Use in Well Ventilated areas only. Carbon monoxide is highly toxic by the reduction of blood's oxygen carrying capacity resulting in oxygen starvation of body cells. Exposure to carbon dioxide at 1-4% concentrations result in increased respiratory volume. Concentrations greater than 4% produce labored breathing and is dangerous for even a few minutes. Symptoms include shortness of breath, headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness, and unconsciousness.


After operating these stoves and the fuel has burned off, use either non-flammable material or non-flammable mechanical apparatus to move, pick up, align, realign, reposition, etc the stoves or any associated accessories such as tripods, pot stand, primer pans etc. Failure to do so can result in burns to your skin.


In daylight or bright light, the flames of an alcohol stove are invisible to the human eye and the sound produced by these stoves is extremely quiet or even silent. Never attempt to fill a hot stove or heat source. Use caution as flame may be invisible. RESPONSIBLE USE AND HANDLING OF ALL CHEMICALS CAN PREVENT HARM TO YOU AND THE ENVIRONMENT. To check if the flame has been extinguished, use a blade of grass, small diameter twig, pine needle or some small diameter piece of wood to test the burner area. If the object catches fire when placed near the burner, the flame is still active and hot!


Use ONLY DENATURED ALCOHOL for fuel. View MSDS Here. You can find Denatured Alcohol in quart, gallon and 5 gallon containers at hardware and/or paint stores.

Click on this can of Denatured Alcohol to see product information. View MSDS Here.


A space between the fuel inside the stove and the jets, vents or top of the stove is necessary for proper operation of most alcohol stoves and overfilling can cause liquid fuel to be ejected out of the stove instead of alcohol vapor, creating a potentially hazardous fire.


Individuals not trained and experienced in use of tools, techniques, and operation of flame producing devices mentioned on this website should not attempt creating or operating a stove without supervision by someone with proper experience, judgement, training, maturity and sobriety.


All stoves are inherently dangerous in that they may cause serious burns, explode, cause blindness and/or have very toxic fuels that can cause a number of health concerns. Recklessness, carelessness, equipment failure and even proper usage of stoves and fuels can lead to serious injury and cause damage to property and environmental surroundings. Do so at your own risk.

See Also the Zen Backpacking Stoves Warning Page

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