nick12 wrote:Spiritus was easy to buy everywhere 20 years ago in Indonesia when many of the remote villages didn't have electricity. Used to prime storm lamps (Tilley lamp) most of the night markets and roadside coffee shops used the lamps too. But nowadays you don't see many of them so the fuel is hard to find.
Don't think that was spiritus. When I used to buy it, it was used for cooking & lighting, and it was referred to as 'minyak lampu' (lamp oil) or 'minyak tanah' (ground oil).
This is the stove we used: https://www.tokopedia.com/leoonline/kom ... 0014200002
There's a wick soaking in the oil, which is how it lights, the knob on the stove extends or retracts the wick.
Anyway 'minyak tanah' is otherwise known as paraffin or kerosene, and is not alcohol, it's a petroleum fraction.
Around 2007 the government introduced a programme to move from paraffin, which as a crude oil product is in short supply in Indonesia, to LPG, which is relatively plentiful offshore. So they removed the subsidy from paraffin, and distributed subsidised LPG instead.
Current official fuel prices in Indonesia:
gas LPG 3kg 17,000 rp = £0.93 for 3kg (subsidised & somewhat difficult to buy at the official price, unsubsidised LPG is also available)
petrol 1 litre = 7,000rp = £0.38 for 1l (subsidised and not restricted)
paraffin 1 litre = 11,660rp = £0.64 for 1l (unsubsidised)
Outside of official filling stations (i.e. from roadside sellers) petrol etc cost about 1500rp more than the prices above.
Paraffin used to be everywhere and was widely used for lighting fires etc. Now I think a lot of the time people just use petrol as it's cheaper and more readily obtainable. I'm not sure how well distributed exactly paraffin is now.
'Spiritus' is alcohol and is probably used by Scouts/camping trips etc. but I don't think normally people have any call for it whatsoever, so I wouldn't expect to find it in the middle of nowhere whereas you might well find paraffin as a relic for people who are scared of their house being blown up by dodgy LPG.
Paraffin would not be a suitable fuel for Trangia I think.