Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Does my alcohol burner have a problem?

  1. Feb 17, 2014 #1
    I have an alcohol burner running on methylated spirits(C2H6O) and Wikipedia says that ethanol burns with a blue flame. Why does my burner burn with a orange-yellow flame? and it burns the wick a little as well. :confused:
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 21, 2014 #2

    PhysicoRaj

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    That's why you get the orange flame. Take pure spirit in a spoon and light it. You will get a blue flame.
     
  4. Feb 23, 2014 #3
    Is this normal?
     
  5. Feb 24, 2014 #4

    PhysicoRaj

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Yes.
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?
Draft saved Draft deleted