Gel fuel fireplaces offer you a chance to have fireplaces without the mess of traditional wood burning fireplaces. They also allow you to install fireplaces where you would not normally think of putting traditional fireplaces, such as in patios and on walls
Gel fuel is relatively inexpensive and most cans can last from 2.5 to 3 hours for a straight burn. You do not have to continue burning the fire for 3 hours, and can reuse the can if you have not used up all the fuel. Gel fuel usually costs less than $5 a can and purchasing in bulk can save you money.
While many manufacturers tout the warmth factor, you cannot rely on just gel fuel fires to get you through a cold winter. These fires can help augment the heating that you already have and add to the coziness of a room, so that you can turn down your thermostat somewhat.
Gel fuel fireplaces are free standing fireplaces that you can choose to put in any room. There is not much installation or assembly required, and you can move them from room to room, giving you the flexibility to have a fireplace in any room.
They are useful in rented homes or small spaces where you cannot, or don't want to, make permanent changes.
Gel fuel fireplaces can generally be used outdoors as well. Find out the specifications for a fireplace before you purchase it to know if that particular model is suitable for outdoors. In most cases they are safe for use in a in a protected outdoor area such as a porch or a covered patio.
Some models are small enough and easily portable so they can be carried indoors or out.
Gel fuel fireplaces do not require vents or chimneys as the gel fuel is alcohol based and does not give off smoke or fumes. You do not need a vent or chimney to use these fireplaces safely. There are no ashes, either, so these fireplaces do not require the same care as traditional fireplaces.
There are several gel fuel fireplaces that can be installed on walls. This is a big boon to when you are living in a home with limited space. This also lets you put a fireplace where you normally would not think of installing a fireplace.
A Word of Caution
- While gel fuel fireplaces have many advantages, don't forget that a fire should never be unattended.
- Make sure that your wall installations are securely fastened, and that the floor standing models are placed firmly on the floor and not in danger of tipping over.
- Exercise care when using outdoors.
- Although you might be tempted to place TVs on top, don't. There is a danger of tip overs, and mantels can become somewhat warm, especially around the front edge. Electronic equipment and heat do not mix.