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Canned heat (29/01/13 20:26:40)
    I was searching my mind for this one (John Mayall: Bear) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ObOggb5kn8
    but didn't remember. The song is about the front man of Canned heat, Bob "The Bear" Hite (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canned_Heat)

    Anyway - canned heat isn't just a funny name - it's a synonym for


    "Sterno ("Canned Heat") is a fuel made from denatured and jellied alcohol. It is designed to be burned directly from its can. Its primary uses are in the food service industry for buffet heating and in the home for fondue and as a chafing fuel for heating chafing dishes. Other uses are for camp stoves and as an emergency heat source. It is also a popular fuel for use with toy and model steam and other external combustion engines."

    "made from ethanol, methanol, water and an amphoteric oxide gelling agent, plus a dye that gives it a characteristic pink color. Designed to be odorless, a 7 oz (198 g) can will burn for up to two hours. The methanol is added to denature the product, which essentially is intended to make it too toxic to be drinkable."

    So I'm involved too, in a way - as one of my projects is methanol poisoning. (Diagnosing it by simple lab methods). It's a real problem in some countries, specially those with strict laws regulating alcohol - but elsewhere too, as in the recent outbreak in the Czech Republic.

    Anyway - the song is OK for those with an ear for blues.

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