I've got a Primus OmniLite Ti stove and am testing it with different fuels. Apart from having fun and experimenting, I'd like to understand how the stove behaves on such non-standard fuels. I'm not talking about emergencies (you'd burn anything for survival); but even hikes in "civilised" places such as European woodlands might require buying fuel locally. If I have a limited choice of either automotive gas/petrol or a paint thinner from a village hardware shop, I'd rather bet on the thinner :)
A couple of questions:
- Why this stove (and other similar ones) won't burn alcohol / spirit?
- When I have a choice, should I buy "light" (C5-C7) or "heavy" (C10-C15) hydrocarbon fuels? This isn't a theoretical question; right now I have two bottles of unknown paint thinners... but they have information about hydrocarbon contents in them!
- What's so special about kerosene? I've read several times that "if your stove can burn kerosene, it will burn anything!"
- This answer says that dense fuels require smaller jets while lighter fuels use wider jets. What if I use a wrong jet? Would it simply cause imperfect combustion and loss of power OR pose a fire/explosion risk?
- Can I use acetone, toluene, xylene or turpentine? If no, why?
- Toxicity: the solvents have a lot of warnings about toxicity from acute and prolonged exposure. However, this applies to inhaling/ingesting the solvent, not burning it. From what I gleaned online, only automotive gas/petrol emits noxious fumes during burning, and only because of the car additives; solvents burn cleanly in a pressure-stove such as Primus. Am I correct?