Optimus burning paste
HELP I am looking for tubes of Optimus burning paste. Does anyone still sell it in the UK?
I havent seen it for ages and ages - optimus may even have stopped making it.
I have used a piece of fire sealing rope as a wick and some meths and also alcohol based hand disinfecting gel along with BBQ starter gel.
the hand cleaning gel works best for me (combo of mult-use and small bottle) with the BBQ stuff close behind. Meths and wick works OK.
I use meths. If it's in a squeezy bottle with a fine squirt then it's pretty easy to get it just where you want (and not everywhere else too).
What about using a small bit of Hexamine/Esbit, easy to carry and usually easy to light?
Never use priming paste so don't know exactly what you mean/want.
think you might be out of luck then - I cant find anywhere with it and there are a number of mentions (on other forii) that optimus have stopped making it. However, have you tried searching for Coghlans Fire Paste?
I havent found a UK supplier of this either, but then I havent looked very hard.
the second one is close to me and I drop in every now and then - nice guys. Never knew they did this stuff
huskyman wrote (see)
What about using a small bit of Hexamine/Esbit, easy to carry and usually easy to light? Never use priming paste so don't know exactly what you mean
Never use priming paste so don't know exactly what you mean
I use the paste for priming an old paraffin stove I use occasionally. Does Hexamine still make people feel sick from the fumes?
Hexi. is dangerous if used in a confined space with no ventilation. (likes of snow holes, deep caves, etc.), But only if used a lot, might cause a head ache, feeling sick, if used in less quantity with out proper ventilation.
For the small amount you'd need to light a stove, I don't think would be a problem.
I don't think you would need to use more than the size of something like an Asprin tablet to light a stove. Would burn for around 2/3 min. Maybe more, a full block of Hexi. normally lasts about 20 ish min.
Normally enough to heat up a litre of water, (depending on how cold it is), or heat a rat. pack.
Hexi; headaches and rat packs the good old days
Cheers grumpy, have checked out the sites. They are charging a lot for postage
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