This may be a dumb question but where do you buy methanol? I never considered it so have not looked for it. I like the "no swelling" aspect. PT-2I, too, have used all of the methods shown here, and they all work, with some variation depending on thickness, type of wood and bend radius. The one thing I have been doing differently lately is that I have substituted pure methanol for cold water. I learned about this from a furniture manufacturer. Soaking time is about the same as water, but methanol doesn't remain in the wood and cause swelling the way water does. Rapid and complete evaporation seems to be easier on the wood fiber, too. A soldering iron can still be used after the soak. Rubbing alcohol works fine too, but it does contain water.