3,148,958 ALCOHOL FUEL GEL John Alexander Monick, Teaneck, N.J., assignor to Colgate-Palmolive Company, New York, N.Y., a corporation of Delaware No Drawing. Filed June 21, 1961, Ser. No. 124,763 15 Claims. (Cl. 44-7) This invention relates to gel compositions. More particularly the invention relates to fuel gel compositions. Fuel gel compositions are known. However, may of the fuel gels available present serious drawbacks, especially in regard to safe, non-hazardous utilization. For example, many of the presently known fuel gels burn with a smoky flame and the formation of soot. Some of them give off highly poisonous fumes. Others burn with a non-luminous flame and it is very diflicult to see that combustion is taking place, thereby increasing the possibility of injury from burns. Moreover, many of the known fuel gels leave a relatively large malodorous residue after burning. In addition some of the known fuel gels break down during burning and, therefore, exhibit poor combustion properties. There exists an obvious need to provide a fuel gel which overcomes these serious drawbacks.
The present invention relates to an anhydrous alcohol fuel gel composition which does not liquify during burning, but maintains its free-standing original shape such as a cube and the like. This anhydrous fuel gel does not flow during the burning period but remains in place, does not spread and will not penetrate the charcoal or wood being ignited, which is critical to fire starters.