Ventless Gel Fireplaces



If you have heard of bio ethanol fireplaces, then you already be familiar with the idea of ventless fireplaces. A synthetic flame is burned inside or outside the house. There is no need for ventilation, as no smoke or by-products are being produced. The difference with gel fireplaces is that the fuel that is used is gel instead of ethanol. Let’s go over some of the things to consider when thinking about gel fireplaces.


Using gel as fuel

Gel certainly is a convenient source of fuel for ventless fireplaces. The fuel is burned inside the can that it comes in. Before it is burned, the lid and label of the can are removed. It is likely that you will need 2-3 cans of gel to get a large enough flame. If you wish to cut off the fire, you will have to place a lid over it.


Is using gel fuel safe?

Gel fuel will typically burn for about 3 hours. This type of flame cannot be regulated, so it is more dangerous than using bio ethanol. Some people choose to use gel fuel outside, so it is safer than being in an indoor enclosed area. When the fuel cans are empty, a customer might refill the can again. Eventually, the can will wear out and break. As well, gel fuel is more flammable than bio ethanol. You should always be careful when handling it.      


Does gel fuel provide a lot of heat?

On average, gel fuel will produce approximately the same amount of heat as bio ethanol. However, you will need to add more than one can of fuel if you want a decent amount of heat. One can will not be enough, unless you just want a small fire for show. Gel is more flammable than bio ethanol, which is why it is commonly used outside as well as inside.


Should I use bio ethanol or gel as fuel?

Overall, the choice is entirely up to you and what you require. Bio ethanol tends to be more stable and controllable. It also burns about 2-4 hours longer than gel fuel. Overall, bio ethanol tends to be the safer option. If you have children or are simply safety conscious, this might be the better choice for you. However, you might simply enjoy the look of fireplaces that use gel fuel. If you have a bio ethanol fireplace, under no circumstances can you use gel fuel to operate it. The two cannot be mixed, as this is a safety issue.


Gel fireplaces are very popular among many people. They offer all the benefits of a fireplace without having all the maintenance to deal with. As well, you do not need to worry about venting away the smoke and by-products. Gel is one option that you can use to fuel your fireplace. It is comparable with using bio ethanol. Overall, it is a cheap alternative for heat, but it is highly flammable, and should be handled with caution.  

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  • Candace Osmond