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nitro or methanol. #5410180 04/22/20 09:44 AM
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a few years ago i was mixing my own nitro / methanol for my RC car. now i have a half gal of each in there own cans. but i dont re member witch is which now.

Re: nitro or methanol. [Re: red7404] #5410206 04/22/20 10:14 AM
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are the liquids both the same color?


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Re: nitro or methanol. [Re: red7404] #5410250 04/22/20 11:02 AM
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Nitromethane is quite a bit more dense than methanol, if the containers are the same and pretty much the same amount of fuel is in each set them on a scale the heavier one will be the nitro fuel, or if you have a small scale put a small measure glass on there and pour a small amount of fuel in it and see which is heavier.

Re: nitro or methanol. [Re: red7404] #5410261 04/22/20 11:17 AM
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I would think smell would certainly differentiate the two!


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Re: nitro or methanol. [Re: red7404] #5410287 04/22/20 11:49 AM
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Mix them 50/50 and put them in your lawnmower. J/K lol


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Re: nitro or methanol. [Re: red7404] #5410320 04/22/20 12:20 PM
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Burn a teaspoon of each.
One will leave an oily residue.


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Re: nitro or methanol. [Re: red7404] #5410359 04/22/20 01:47 PM
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Methanol will mix with water, leaving it cloudy. I don't know about nitromethane.

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You can mix 30% water 70% methanol and shake it up. At that percent the alcohol will absorb the water and remain clear.

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Originally Posted by High Performance Lubricants
You can mix 30% water 70% methanol and shake it up. At that percent the alcohol will absorb the water and remain clear.

Methanol and water are miscible (all concentrations) and unlike what was mentioned before it will not be cloudy unless there is something else in the mixture that isn’t soluble.


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Re: nitro or methanol. [Re: kschachn] #5412332 04/24/20 09:14 PM
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For the purposes of comparison of nitro vs methanol samples the lower ratio of water makes it easier for the OP to reach the answer. You are correct about contaminants and unfortunately it is not uncommon for commodity methanol to be less than pure.


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Originally Posted by High Performance Lubricants
You can mix 30% water 70% methanol and shake it up. At that percent the alcohol will absorb the water and remain clear.

Methanol and water are miscible (all concentrations) and unlike what was mentioned before it will not be cloudy unless there is something else in the mixture that isn’t soluble.


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Pour a tablespoon of each on a suitable surface. The methanol will easily ignite. You probably won't be able to light the nitro.

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