Article by: http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/gear-news/gel-biofuel-alternative-to-meths/12472.html
A new Welsh-made ‘biofuel’ called Fire Dragon is claimed to be ‘safer and cleaner’ than conventional fuels used in the outdoors like meths and paraffin.
The flammable gel is produced in Llanberis by BCB Adventure and, say the makers ‘is non-toxic, non-drip and made from 100% natural ingredients including ethanol sourced from UK grown grain stocks’. It can be used in multi-fuel outdoor cooking stoves, barbecues as well as indoor ethanol fireplaces they say.
BCB Adventure’s Fuel Development Manager, Dr Stephen Hughes, says: ‘we formulated and developed the FireDragon gel to help people who venture in the great outdoors cook their rations and boil their brews quickly, safeguard their health, while protecting the environment.
‘Our fuel is non-toxic, non-drip and made from 100% natural ingredients including ethanol sourced from UK grown grain stocks. It is easy to light, burns cleanly and our research shows that it boils quicker than meths.
‘The FireDragon Gel fuel is an ideal companion for all outdoor pursuits. Whether in driving rain, the freezing arctic or searing heat, the fuel will perform in extreme conditions.’
The most obvious application for the new fuel is as an alternative to meths in Trangia and similar spirit-burning stoves and we’re getting some in to see just how it performs. If nothing else, it should be more spill resistant than meths and perhaps cleaner burning as well – no more sooty pans, maybe…
The fuel is available in 250ml and 1-litre sizes direct from www.firedragonfuel.com. Now where did we put that old Trangia