Dolphin sightings in Howe Sound not that new – back in March my scuba dive pals saw a huge group and got some video http://ow.ly/1I2PW
Context Aware Fill in CS5 Makes Up For Just About Anything Adobe Screwed Up
Breathing [pic] http://ff.im/jX2fK
Trying to decide which T shirt to wear to North Voice – think I’ll go nautical just ’cause. #northernvoice
180 degrees of the Mighty Fraser [pic] http://ff.im/jTS00
Chaise Lounge time-lapse. An afternoon’s worth of lounging in less than 2 minutes, with a nice little groovy beat… http://ow.ly/1HAOk
False Creek Whale: Had to go, couldn’t find parking in the West End.
When a whale swims into False Creek, does it Tweet its presence ?
RT @hientran: RT @brodiedavid: CTV now had chopper footage of False Creek Whale touring Vancouver http://ht.ly/1Hu9F
Making timelapse vids. Now if only I could apply that to parts of my life.
Saw “Gunless” tonight in North Van. Friend and one of the stars, Jay Brazeau was there too! Laughed loads, wonder if American will get it.
Getting fire house+boat fire extinguishers recharged.
Grey whales in Howe Sound ? You bet . via CBC http://ow.ly/1GB9h
Sunshine. Bus. Nodding offfffff!………,
Spring Gillard’s “The Politics of Food” weekend workshop – May 14-16 details and sign up before it sells out: http://ow.ly/1G5lH
Love planting in the ‘light’ rain imn bare feet – got some turnips, carrots and radishes planted before the heavy rain. Coffee break time.
Creative Suite 5 downloaded – the 2 gamers in the house reported ‘some dad lag’ while I was downloading 4 gigs from Adobe
The First of May in Howe Sound [pic] http://ff.im/jGK1u
First Of May in the Bay [pic] http://ff.im/jFDHi
Who knew that finding alcohol could be this hard !
My little sailboat Madsu has a non-pressurized alcohol stove made by Origo.
I love the stove – it’s super hot, needs zero maintenance, and compared to pressurized gas, is super safe.
The stove is responsible for making coffee, hot water for shaving, and all my cooking that isn’t BBQ; in short, one of the most important items on the boat !
Up until this year, I’ve been able to buy denatured alcohol for the stove at one of my local hardware stores – Rona used to stock it with solvents and turpentine – and it was relatively cheap. It was simply called Denatured Alcohol – a no brainer.
This year, I haven’t been able to find it anywhere.
So, I did a quick crash course on alcohol for stoves.
A search on the web shows that other people in Canada have trouble finding denatured alcohol. Other than for use in stove, apparently bike folks use it to clean gears etc.
Denatured alcohol is Ethanol – grain alcohol that’s been treated to make it undrinkable. It burns super hot and while not great for the environment, burning it is slightly LESS bad that burning other types of fuel. Most places I went to looking for this fuel, including my local marine store (Martin Marine in North Vancouver) sell Methyl Hydrate, which will also work in the stove. Methyl Hydrate is wood alcohol – if you’re old enough you probably remember using it in Bunson Burners in high school chemistry.
In any event, I was bent on finding denatured alcohol rather that burn methyl hydrate.
I thought I had found what I was looking for over at West Marine. They sell something called blue flame stove fuel, and though there was very little information on the bottle, I assume this is some type of ethanol mix. I almost had heart failure when I picked up the small bottle (less than a litre) and saw the price tag: $30.00. Burning EverClear would be cheaper. Meanwhile, in the US, West Marine sells a gallon of “soot-free alcohol” for 29.00 !
It sells for $19.99 for a 4 litre bottle (that’s 1.14 gallons) and it’s a 90-10 mix (Ethanol and whatever they use to make it undrinkable). The staffer told me that one of the reasons denatured alcohol has been hard to find is that one of the main suppliers either went out of business or stopped carrying it.
As for me, I’m heading down to the boat right now to fill up my stove and perk up a pot of coffee.
I’m so damned pleased with myself, I might even shave.