Hello, Loren.Not to provoke extra discussion, but there are several threads around the various boating forums concerning this. It appears that some boaters are/were (recently) finding alcohol still for sale in hardware stores in California.
I have zero info about where this 'ban' is happening, regarding county or city, tho.
Given its use in many industries and in painting, the whole story seems quite odd to me up here in Portland. When it comes to solvents in general, all of the "usual suspects" are for sale near our house, and just yesterday I bought another gallon of lacquer thinner for $18. Seemed like it may have gone up some, but it is what it is.
I've got an Origo 4300E to sell that is missing one of the burner pots but those are fairly easy to find. Bought it for my boat and found it was wider than the 3000. pm me if interested.I'm looking for a Origo/Dometic 2 burner cooktop if anyone happens to have one they've retired.
My point was simply that there are other alcohols which these stoves burn just fine and I've personally tried my 3000 with Everclear. Out of curiosity, I called a hiking friend in LA who said that one of his alcohol stoves uses the same capillary action as the Origo and he uses simple Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and has tried HEET from the auto parts store. He didn't realize hardware stores had dropped denatured because he doesn't use it due to the higher expense. When we were done catching up he sent this link which shows testing of various fuels to come to the same conclusion. It's interesting to see that the two cheapest happen to be what the video found worked best. (My friend is notoriously frugal so I'm sure he knew. )If you look at the main REI site it says that it is not in stock and "will be back in stock soon." That's what the WestMarine site says. It's been "out of stock" on our local WM site for about a year!
However...when I went to the Manhattan Beach site, it *does* appear that I can put it in my cart and that it would be available for pickup. That's interesting. I wonder what would happen if I actually tried it?