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Methanol is a type of alcohol and is fatal if consumed. It has a similar odor and appearance to ethanol and is used as a fuel source. It was first made from distillation of wood shavings and is frequently refereed to as wood alcohol.
- Prepare wood by shaving or chunking it. Smaller pieces makes it easier to extract the alcohol.
- Place the wood in the still and secure the lid.
- Heat the still. As a flame from a heating source does not come into direct contact with the shaved or chunked wood, it will not ignite. Burning the wood will not yield methanol.
- Collect the vapor from the still.
- Store in an area with proper ventilation in an explosion and spill proof container that is protected from fire.