Originally posted by Starchild23
reply to post by Chrisfishenstein
Yeah...I'm thinking of a way to make propane without actually paying for propane. Something cost-effective...you know, gives you a relatively decent
(not commercial grade) propane for less than what you would have paid?
Also, it's good to know how to make propane when you aren't near any stores.
I'm doing a lot of camping this summer, and it would be great to know a few tricks.
Personally, You'd be better off using white spirit, which can be made with simple sugar and yeast. In the wild it will take longer and you'd have to
have a very decent yeast nutrient to get the levels of alcohol required to distil a clean spirit, but having done it myself, once you have the mash
ready to distil, it takes less than 4 hours to get about 1 litre of about 60% spirit, and further distillation can get higher grade, cleaner fuel.
As a side product, if you use proper ingredients and keep it all sterile, you can have a snifter as you wait
Any fermentable sugar, water and you can use raisins, vegemite, tomato paste, etc, as a yeast nutrient... can make a reasonable amount of alcohol,
and you can build a small stove out of tin cans that can be used to cook, heat and sterilise things.
I do it for the recreational purposes, but to get an idea of how to do it, you can buy pre-made Yeast Nutrient turbo yeasts, which can complete a full
fermentation of about 15% alcohol in 24 hours, or higher in 48 hours, which makes about 30 litres of wash, that can be distilled into 4-5 litres of
The biggest issue would be the still. I've got an electric one that does it all for me, I just watch it drip out. But if you are able to take
temperature readings, or are familiar with the process, it's not hard to do.
If you don't intend in ingesting any of it, you don't really need to care about sterilising everything as all you are going to do is extract the
spirit. Won't even really need to worry about methanol in the end result.
I would expect propane would be rather impossible to produce using home made products that did not already have flammable properties as it is a
direct result of petroleum based distillation, if I am thinking properly.. .it's 7am so this might not be the case