Gel fuel fireplaces are one of the most convenient types of hearth appliance. They require no venting, can be placed almost anywhere, and use disposable gel fuel canisters. Many of them even come with their own mantel cabinets, literally allowing you to create an entire hearth with just one purchase. But the best part of owning a gel fuel fireplace is knowing that once you've installed it - usually a very simple task - your work is done; there's virtually no maintenance and refueling is as simple as replacing an empty container.
Are these fireplaces for decorative purposes only? Or do they heat a room?
By Tyler M. - Fireplace Specialist on November 5, 2012
While the purpose of gel fuel fireplaces is primarily decoration, there is indeed some heat generated by the gel fuel canisters. Each gel fuel fireplace item page will list BTU information, which can be approximated as follows: 35 BTUs = 1 square foot of heated area.
By Teri on November 9, 2012
Are all gel fuel fireplaces shorter than regular fireplaces? I am looking for a gel fuel fireplace that has the dimensions of a normal fireplace. We are interested in a gel fuel fireplace that is around or at least 48" in height, including the mantle.
on November 9, 2012
Yes, for the most part, all gel fuel fireplaces are a stepped down version of larger units. The largest units we offer are likely the type that come with mantels. Unfortunately, our gel fuel appliances are produced no taller than 42" with the majority being 40".
Please follow the below link to check out our full selection of gel fuel fireplaces:
Gel Fuel Fireplaces.
By Tim from Bean Station, TN on October 25, 2013
How long does a gel fuel canister last?
By Chris on October 25, 2013
Gel fuel canisters such as these last approximately 3 hours.
By Paul from Seattle, WA on December 4, 2013
Can I use gel fuel with a vented gas log insert that is not connected to a natural gas line?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on December 4, 2013
It is possible to retro fit gel canisters for use with a vented log set. However, you may need to get creative with the placement of the canisters, using a piece of sheet metal to lay across the grate to support the cans. The flame from gel fuel cans is not very tall and will need this support.
By Sheila from Sacramento, CA on November 15, 2012
I brought a house with an unfinished fireplace, no chimney. I've seen the ventless fireplaces on design shows. I'd like to set a gel can log set inside the fireplace that gives off heat. Is that possible?
By Collin C. - NFI Master Hearth Professional on November 16, 2012
Unfortunately, we no longer offer log sets that are configured for use with gel fuel. The sets we carry will only be fueled by natural gas or propane fuel. We do offer these in vent free configurations as well.