VOTPAA or Vegetable Oil, Toilet Paper And Alcohol is a FAOL (Fiber absorbed oil fuel) that arose from the need for an easy to light, slow burning oil fuel. I had some vegetable oil left over from frying some food and decided I was going to make good use of it. The oil by itself didn't burn at all when a flame was held to it. Even with a flammable liquid added, the flammable liquid would burn off first and leave a hot smoldering puddle of oil behind. I then thought about oil lamps, there are many different designs on instructables, but all of them used wicks. I thought wicks are great, but slightly flimsy, and not suited to how I wanted to use the fuel. After noticing I had a roll of toilet paper kicking around, I immediately put it to good use. Toilet paper is strong and very absorbent, great wick material. Even so, with the oil soaked into the toilet paper, the fuel still wouldn't take a flame. It would smolder and eventually burn, but took forever. Looking for something to make it more flammable, I thought of methylated spirits. For the unfamiliar, it's 95% ethanol with some poisonous additives. After adding about a 1/4 of a jar of spirits, I had a fuel that was very easy to light, slow burning and quite bright.
VOTPAA was born.
Step 1: Gather Ingredients
To make VOTPAA, you only need a few simple ingredients.
Vegetable oil (It doesn't really matter about what sort, but usually canola or soy bean oil burns with the least smell)
Methylated Spirits (Once again, not too picky, it only needs to be pure enough to burn. So HEET, rubbing alcohol and almost any other sort will work)
Some sort of container. I found that glass is best, but plastic will do.