How to Make an Unlimited Supply of Gel Fuel


For many, prolonged loss of power means eventually, the generator goes silent and when that happens, everything from heat to refrigeration to light becomes a challenge.

There are many options, including storing quantities of gasoline or kerosene or using a fireplace or wood stove, but each has its limitations.

Gasoline and kerosene pose a risk of deadly emissions and are highly combustible. You really should not use the former indoors and while the latter can be used in a ventilated area, it is not preferable.

Wood stoves or fireplaces are a safer, but unless you use either regularly, you likely do not have stocked kindling and wood to do it for very long.

In either case, fuel gel is a good alternative. The primary incendiary is Isopropyl alcohol, which means it is not highly combustible, will not splash and does not give off deadly emissions.

Check out the next page to learn how to make and use it.

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  1. Michael Barber said:

    Homemade napalm (like Sterno fuel) = dissolve a whole bunch of Styrofoam into gasoline until it becomes like Jello.

  2. Brandon Davidson said:

    Is there a need for fuel stabilizer I’m that as well if stored for prolonged amount of time?

  3. Steve Herr said:

    For my own use, I take an empty tuna or cat food can, coil a strip of cardboard like a clockspring inside the can, then pour in melted paraffin (Takes about 1/4 pound.) The can fits in foldable camp stoves for Sterno, and burns for about 2 hours.

    Much less mixing and measuring, and the components are available in any grocery.

  4. Terry Lyon-McCarthy said:

    Do you need a wick in something like that, or does the whole facing burn, or what? I like to try this, I’ve got (access to ) all of the components . . .

  5. Christine Michele said:

    If you live in a place where it gets cold and snow storms suddenly occur making travel treturious, it’s wise to carry a can of Fuel Gel in the glove box of your vehicle. If stranded, a can can keep you warm for 4 – 6 hours depending on the type you purchase. Common sense says crack the window a tad for fresh air and safety.