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Old 06-16-2020, 10:49 AM
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Does anyone have a good source for reasonably priced glow fuel? Most everywhere I've found it is about $40/gallon.

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Old 06-16-2020, 12:37 PM
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That price is just crazy. Enough to make me want to give up the hobby or consider all electric.
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Pretty easy and inexpensive to mix your own.

Hop on over to this page and look around.

https://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/rc-fuels-161/

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I am seriously interested in making my own fuel if I can find the ingredients and it doesn't cost $30 or $40 per gallon.
I have been out of the hobby for a few years and I still had some old fuel to get the engines running. But after seeing the prices now for fuel, I am having second thoughts. Where do you start looking to find Nitromethane and Methanol.
I'm in central Florida.

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I order Nitromethane online for about $50 per gallon, it will last for quite awhile depending on the fuel you are making.

Castor oil can be had locally or online, I usually order it online though, it is also about $50 per gallon. I have heard that some varieties of specialty motorcycle oil is really castor oil but I haven’t bought any to try. I have seen castor oil sold at model airplane swap meets as many folks add it to their fuel. In fact glow fuel is often sold at swap swap meets at attractive prices.

Methanol is cheap and easy to find, look for a local hot rod shop or check out VP Fuels and locate one of their dealers. They can order Methanol and maybe castor too. I have also found methanol at a few places that sell propane, some specialize in specialty fuels like kerosene, propane, butane and alcohol.

I can usually mix a gallon of general purpose 10% glow fuel for under $20 and as my focus is smaller planes, .25 and under, a gallon of fuel lasts me a long time.

Don’t be afraid to buy glow fuel that is not exactly what you want/need. If you have all three ingredients on hand it’s easy to add to an existing blend, one of the other components to bring it up to what you need. I have been modifying my way through a gallon of 25% car fuel for a couple of years to make 1/2a fuel. I just add castor and a little alcohol and magically it’s 20% Cox airplane fuel.
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Originally Posted by shaggy48 View Post
I am seriously interested in making my own fuel if I can find the ingredients and it doesn't cost $30 or $40 per gallon.
I have been out of the hobby for a few years and I still had some old fuel to get the engines running. But after seeing the prices now for fuel, I am having second thoughts. Where do you start looking to find Nitromethane and Methanol.
I'm in central Florida.
Make the trip up to Gravesrc.com. They have the lowest fuel prices in the state. It's now been a year since I picked up two cases, but when I went, they were $10-15 per gallon cheaper than the local hobby shops in my area, so the 80 miles trip was worthwhile.

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