The simplest alcohol of the paraffin series, CH3.OH; methyl alcohol. Called also wood alcohol. It is used as an antifreeze solvent, as a fuel, and as a denaturant for ethyl alcohol.
Methyl alcohol, also known as "wood alcohol," is commonly used in biodiesel for its reactivity. Generally, it is easier to find than ethanol. Sustainable methods of production are currently not economically viable. Usually, methyl alcohol is a by-product of the petroleum industry, and is often used as a "racing fuel."