Preparedness General Discussion
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Hi, just curious if there is a shelf life on chafing fuel (aka "sterno"). A local big box store has a whole bunch at what seems to be a good price. I was thinking about stocking a bunch but I don't want to make a mistake buying something that won't last. The labels on the cans only talk about burning time, not storage time. I googled around and didn't see anything, either.
Is this stuff good forever if kept sealed in its original can container and safely stored indoors?
As long as the can is sealed it will last indefinitely. But I agree with CajunDaddy never been able to get one to seal tight enough not to evaporate after opening.
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It lit right up! Keep the can in a zip lock, it might help it keep after you open it. (or might not)
Sterno is nothing more than a Gel based denatured alcohol. Once the original seal is broken, like any other alcohol based product it will evaporate rapidly when not in use.
Considering a can of Sterno will burn for a maximum of 2 hours when used as directed. My question is this, is it cost effective to vaccum seal an opened and used can?
How long would it take to bring say 2 quarts of water to a boil, cook meat or vegetables using sterno?
I have used sterno many times with my chafing dishes for holiday dinners and entertaining, I have not cooked a meal using Sterno.
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Maybe put plastic over the open can before screwing the lid back on? Then store in a ziplock?
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To check if they are worth buying, Weigh Them!
As for cooking, they are a little slow/weak. Good for Searing Beef on a stick or Cooking thin cuts of meat over the flame. OK for Scrambling eggs and so on in a Skillet, but Note: Use the cheapest/thinnest cookware you have, because if you use Cast Iron, most of your fuel will be spent raising the temp of the pan!
OK for Boiling small amounts of Liquid - again, use your cheap/thin cookware.
Partially used or dried sterno can be refreshed by adding 93% isopropyl alcohol. Add the liquid and allow it to set for a few hours and the gel will reabsorb the alcohol. If the gel dried to a hockey puck, it will not work.
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