# Can you heat something at alcohol bath?

I have a mixture of $$\ce{Et2O},$$ $$\ce{EtOH}$$ and water, and I want to distill off the ether. I am using a water bath so not much water is distilled over, as the boiling water is 100 °C, and the solvent has like 20 °C lower temp than the water bath working temp, I believe.

So, my point is, is it safe and reasonable to make a bath with 95% ethyl alcohol to prevent much $$\ce{EtOH}$$ evaporation without needing to closely keep track of the temperature?

• No, it's not a good idea. – Mithoron Aug 17 at 22:33
• Ok, but why not? – user81922 Aug 17 at 23:19
• Well, that depends if you try to make a safe experiment, or explosion. – Mithoron Aug 17 at 23:26