• Advertisement
New Forum Rules
Please Read

Chafing fuel shelf life?

Preparedness General Discussion

Moderator: raggi5

Chafing fuel shelf life?

Postby johnzilla » Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:58 pm

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?
johnzilla
Michigan Preppers Network
Michigan Preppers Network
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:17 pm
Karma: 0

Re: Chafing fuel shelf life?

Postby CajunDaddys_girl » Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:12 pm

I do know that once you open the original seal on a cannister, use it, re-seal it to store the leftover it will evaporate / dry out rather quickley,
CajunDaddys_girl
 

Re: Chafing fuel shelf life?

Postby HighDesertHawk » Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:15 pm

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.
Knowledge is preparation.
Best equipment does no good unless you know how to use it.
http://www.roberthicks.shelfreliance.com Thrive Freeze dried food page.
http://www.youtube.com/user/survivalweb?feature=mhum
User avatar
HighDesertHawk
Texas Preppers Network
Texas Preppers Network
 
Posts: 920
Joined: Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:48 pm
Location: Far West Texas
Karma: 17

Re: Chafing fuel shelf life?

Postby distributedliving » Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:51 pm

Good Question! Some where in the garage I have some 15 to 20 year old cans, I check to see if they still are flammable soon
Garry
distributedliving
 
Posts: 455
Joined: Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:23 pm
Karma: 22

Re: Chafing fuel shelf life?

Postby distributedliving » Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:28 pm

distributedliving wrote:Good Question! Some where in the garage I have some 15 to 20 year old cans, I check to see if they still are flammable soon
Garry

It lit right up! Keep the can in a zip lock, it might help it keep after you open it. (or might not)
Garry
distributedliving
 
Posts: 455
Joined: Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:23 pm
Karma: 22

Re: Chafing fuel shelf life?

Postby CajunDaddys_girl » Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:27 pm

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.
CajunDaddys_girl
 

Re: Chafing fuel shelf life?

Postby distributedliving » Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:33 pm

CajunDaddys_girl wrote: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.

Good something to do tomorrow night!
Garry
distributedliving
 
Posts: 455
Joined: Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:23 pm
Karma: 22

Re: Chafing fuel shelf life?

Postby Alaska Rose » Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:53 pm

Maybe put plastic over the open can before screwing the lid back on? Then store in a ziplock?
https://www.createspace.com/4043866

Don't Use A Chainsaw In The Kitchen (Volume 1)
How-To and Cookbook. Butchering, gardening, baking, canning, building a trapper cabin and my autobiography all in one.

Image Image
User avatar
Alaska Rose
Alaska Preppers Network
Alaska Preppers Network
 
Posts: 3868
Images: 41
Joined: Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:43 pm
Karma: 56

Re: Chafing fuel shelf life?

Postby johnzilla » Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:07 pm

Thanks for the replies! I think I will buy a dozen cans or so (less than $10) and keep them around for a couple of years and see what happens.
johnzilla
Michigan Preppers Network
Michigan Preppers Network
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:17 pm
Karma: 0

Re: Chafing fuel shelf life?

Postby Defcon09 » Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:02 pm

I got some cans at least 2/3 years old from my bro-in-law who was moving. Opened one can and it was fine. Resealed with the original lid and it should be fine.
User avatar
Defcon09
 
Posts: 722
Images: 3
Joined: Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:23 pm
Location: Berkeley Springs, WV
Karma: 36

Re: Chafing fuel shelf life?

Postby HandLoad » Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:15 pm

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.
User avatar
HandLoad
 
Posts: 267
Joined: Fri Mar 04, 2011 1:48 pm
Location: The Great NorthBest!
Karma: 4

Re: Chafing fuel shelf life?

Postby Pedro wyoming » Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:20 pm

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.

pW
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change that survives.” Charles Darwin
Iמנא ,מנא, תקל, ופרסי
אלוהים
User avatar
Pedro wyoming
Wyoming Preppers Network
Wyoming Preppers Network
 
Posts: 3334
Images: 0
Joined: Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:27 pm
Location: central wyoming
Karma: 137


Return to General Preparedness Discussion

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests


Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for the APN Email Newsletter - Enter your e-mail address below


  Links and Resources
  -Links
  -Podcasts
  -Pioneer Living
  -Free Ebooks









State Networks
Use the scroll bar below to find out what's going on in your state.
Alabama
Blog    Forum

Alaska
Blog    Forum

Arizona
Blog    Forum

Arkansas
Blog    Forum

California
Blog    Forum

Colorado
Blog    Forum

Connecticut
Blog    Forum

Delaware
Blog    Forum

Florida
Blog    Forum

Georgia
Blog    Forum

Hawaii
Blog    Forum

Idaho
Blog    Forum

Illinois
Blog    Forum

Indiana
Blog    Forum

Iowa
Blog    Forum

Kansas
Blog    Forum

Kentucky
Blog    Forum

Louisiana
Blog    Forum

Maine
Blog    Forum

Maryland
Blog    Forum

Massachusetts
Blog    Forum

Michigan
Blog    Forum

Minnesota
Blog    Forum

Mississippi
Blog    Forum

Missouri
Blog    Forum

Montana
Blog    Forum

Nebraska
Blog    Forum

Nevada
Blog    Forum

New Hampshire
Blog    Forum

New Jersey
Blog    Forum

New Mexico
Blog    Forum

New York
Blog    Forum

North Carolina
Blog    Forum

North Dakota
Blog    Forum

Ohio
Blog    Forum

Oklahoma
Blog    Forum

Oregon
Blog    Forum

Pennsylvania
Blog    Forum

Rhode Island
Blog    Forum

South Carolina
Blog    Forum

South Dakota
Blog    Forum

Tennessee
Blog    Forum

Texas
Blog    Forum

Utah
Blog    Forum

Vermont
Blog    Forum

Virginia
Blog    Forum

Washington
Blog    Forum

West Virginia
Blog    Forum

Wisconsin
Blog    Forum

Wyoming
Blog    Forum


Trusted Sponsors


Copyright
For Notices of Copyright infringement and to contact our DMCA Agent please follow the link below:
Copyright Policy

For terms of use, rules, and policies please read our Disclaimer